In 2021 we are marking 30 years of WLI cooperation by sourcing 30 neat ideas from WLI members. Today we hear from Wakkerstroom, South Africa.
Title: Junior Bird Clubs
Description: Our Centre manager formed a relationship with a community after-care programme and initiated weekly meetings with the group’s children – a junior bird club was formed. At these weekly meetings, the children are introduced to the world of birds. They interact with various activities and lessons learning more about our local wetland birds from identification, ecosystem requirements and conservation of both habitats and species. At the end of each term, the children participate in either (1) birding quizzes or (2) practical birding exercise at the local wetland or (3) littler clean-up campaign in the local wetland.
Learning and conservation outcomes: building basic bird identification, conservation actions and exploration of the natural environment.
Audience: school going children
Cost: low to medium (support from local bird club to cover some expenses)
Key themes: Birding – identification and adaptation for a wetland environment
Conservation and practical implementation thereof
Sense of community
Practical birding and record keeping
Equipment/resources required: support activities/games as required by weekly lessons
Binoculars and bird field guides.