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Bird-Friendly Gold Award Project: Learn How to Save Our Feathery Friends


Submitted by Anna H., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

Hello everyone! My name is Anna, and I am an Ambassador currently working on my Gold Award. I have some free, educational webinars that Girl Scouts and their families can attend!

My project is on making the world more bird-friendly. With the forces of habitat loss and human-related dangers such as domestic cats, bird populations are declining at alarming rates. My goal is to educate high schoolers and adults on how they can:

  1. Reduce bird-window collisions.

  2. Let cats and birds coexist peacefully while fulfilling their respective needs.

  3. Make their backyard more bird-friendly, including birdhouses, baths, and feeders.

  4. Understand why planting native is so important.

I am conducting three separate presentations for this project. They will be hosted by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and I, along with two other Girl Scouts, will be guest-speaking.

These presentations will interest anyone who has a passion for nature and/or the environment, and they’re free. Girl Scouts should attend to learn about the issues facing birds and how they can help. In order to save our feathery friends, everyone needs to do what they can to help birds. That includes you!

Age Range: Seniors, Ambassadors, and Adults (non-Girl Scouts are also welcome!)

When: March 31, April 7, and April 14, 2021 from 4 – 5 p.m. Note: you don’t have to attend every presentation, and there is separate registration for each presentation.

Where: Zoom- These are webinars!

The Top Two Threats to Birds: Windows and Cats

March 31 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Approximately three billion birds die each year from human-related threats. However, which threats are the largest? And, how can everyday people, not just organizations and businesses, help? Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for an in-depth look at windows and cats, the statistics, why they’re problems, and convenient solutions to help them coexist.

The B’s: Birdhouses, Birdbaths, and Bird-Friendly Backyards

April 7 from 4 – 5 p.m.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to birdhouses—perch versus no perch, painted versus untreated wood, on a pole versus in a tree, etc. The same goes for birdbaths. Come join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies to learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to birdhouses and birdbaths! This presentation will also briefly touch on bird feeders and foods.

Why Should We Plant Native?

April 14 from 4 – 5 p.m.

You might have heard that you should plant native. But do you know why? “Because it’s good for the environment,” while correct, doesn’t do justice describing the complex role native plants play. It’s much more than that! Come learn about ecosystems, the advantages of native plants, and how invasive species disrupt the delicate balance of nature.

Photos courtesy of Gary and Carlie Hartwick.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

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