07 January 2017
The combined efforts of Marg Paré of Waterloo Region Nature and Jenna Quinn of the rare Charitable Research Reserve brought to fruition our first Christmas Bird Count for children - and a rare (pun intended) success it was.
|Marg Paré - Waterloo Region Nature|
|Emily Leslie and Jenna Quinn - rare Charitable Research Reserve|
Gerrit Kamminga, rare's Educator welcomed everyone and explained rare's myriad activities and research ventures.
To start the programme I gave a short presentation to give the kids (and perhaps a few of their parents too) a few tips on how to bird successfully and covered several common species that we hoped to find as we broke into groups and ventured forth outside. Emily then explained to the kids how to use binoculars and they practiced inside before trying them on the birds of the great outdoors.
Children of roughly similar age made up each team; our group called the Chickadee Team comprised the youngest children of all.