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Otter Creek Audubon Society, the Addison County chapter of the National Audubon Society, is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of grants to help finance environmental education projects for Addison County schools. The mission of Otter Creek Audubon Society is to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats by encouraging a culture of conservation within Addison County. All local efforts are volunteer-run. Read the rest of this entry »

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Otter Creek Audubon Society, the Addison County chapter of the National Audubon Society, is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of grants to help finance environmental education projects for Addison County schools. The mission of Otter Creek Audubon Society is to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats by encouraging a culture of conservation within Addison County.  All local efforts are volunteer-run.   Read the rest of this entry »

Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for the summer of 2017, available to an Addison County teen (age 14-17) to attend a session at Hog Island Audubon Camp. This renowned camp, located off the scenic Maine coast, is run by National Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It offers gorgeous surroundings, nationally-known instructors and a chance for teens to share extraordinary experiences with like-minded peers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cornwall Elementary 5th & 6th grade by their new “sandbox” for capturing wildlife tracks in sand funded by an OCAS grant.

Once again this May teams of OCAS birding volunteers will spend a 24-hour period scouring Addison County to find as many species as we can for our annual Birdathon fundraiser. All the money raised will go to support our educational and outreach programs. For example, this year, we have committed to give $4015 to Addison County schools to Read the rest of this entry »

Otter Creek Audubon Society, the Addison County chapter of the National Audubon Society, is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of grants to help finance environmental education projects for Addison County schools. The mission of Otter Creek Audubon is to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats by encouraging a culture of conservation within Addison County.  All local efforts are volunteer-run.   Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations to Salisbury Community School’s Amy Clapp for being featured in National Geographic’s Educator Spotlight. We are big fans of her classroom bird programs too.

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Amy Clapp is a K-6 science teacher at Salisbury Community School in Salisbury, Vermont. Amy has been teaching elementary school for 16 years.

Amy Clapp birdwatching Photo by Wendy Money

Activity: Mapping Local Migratory Birds

Subjects: Science

Grades: K-6

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In this lesson, students learn about the birds that live in their own backyards. They learn how to identify birds, make observations at bird feeders, map migratory patterns, and use online applications to develop field guides.

This activity is possible to complete within a few class periods, but I like to use it as a year-long project that connects with other environmental lessons.

In the fall, students begin learning about birds. They also get used to noticing and recording bird behaviors at the bird feeder and around the schoolyard. Throughout the winter, students practice…

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Last Wednesday, as the culmination of our in-classroom bird education program at Weybridge Elementary with Catherine Canavan’s 4th & 5th grade students, OCAS board members, Ron Payne, Carol Ramsayer and Craig Zondag led them a walk at Otter View Park. We were extremely impressed with the enthusiasm and birding skills shown by these kids as they searched for birds in the park equipped with our binoculars. As they spotted species, they kept a tally of what they found on Read the rest of this entry »

On Wednesday morning, OCAS board members, Ron Payne, Carol Ramsayer and Gary Starr visited Weybridge Elementary to give bird nest themed walks to Joy Dobson’s K-1 and Leigh Harder’s 2-3 classes. With each class we gave a quick lesson in using our binoculars, then went out around the school to look for birds and their nests. We found nests from Robins, Barn Swallows and other birds from the previous year, and saw Starlings possibly exploring nest sites in light posts. Lessons were given about types of nests and nest locations. It was a very enjoyable outing for all.

– Ron Payne

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Mary Hogan students taking part in a program partially funded by an OCAS grant.

Mary Hogan students taking part in a program partially funded by an OCAS grant.

Otter Creek Audubon, the Addison County chapter of the National Audubon Society, is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of grants to help finance environmental education projects for Addison County schools. The mission of Otter Creek Audubon is to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats by encouraging a culture of conservation within Addison County. All local efforts are Read the rest of this entry »

Eastern Newt at the Watershed Center

Eastern Newt at the Watershed Center

Here is a message from Mt. Abraham Union Middle School science teacher, Jocelyn Foran about a very interesting project her 7th grade class has been involved in this year. We hope you will all read about it and participate: Read the rest of this entry »

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