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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 »

Lisa Beck’s Cornwall Elementary School 1st-grade kids got an end-of-year treat yesterday morning in the form of a walk at Otter View Park led by OCAS board members Ron Payne, Carol Ramsayer and Gary Starr. All were taught to use our loaner binoculars then set out along the trails and boardwalk to see what they could find. Highlights were Catbirds, Orioles, Red-winged Blackbirds and a very brief look at a Virgina Rail. They all also enjoyed taking turns looking through spotting scopes at a Tree Swallow going in and out of a nest in a tree. Alos of interest were snails in the marsh, a young bullfrog and grass whistling. A very fun time was had by all!

-Ron Payne

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Binoculars raised, the Salisbury Community School second graders were tracking a Yellow Warbler as it hopped from tree to tree.  As any bird enthusiast would agree, following the foraging bird through emerging vegetation was a challenge.  But on this day these experienced bird watchers had an extra motivation. This was a Bird-a-thon, a traditional way for Audubon groups to raise money.  The students knew that their sponsors, having pledged to donate a set amount per species seen, would fund their efforts to purchase bird-friendly plantings for their school’s bird feeding stations. Read the rest of this entry »

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 volunteer-run. Read the rest of this entry »

Here is a photo gallery from a couple of recent birding field trip by Mrs. Wadsworth’s 6th grade class from the Weybridge Elementary School. The first trip was taken to Hydroelectric plant near the Pulp Mill bridge where after a tour of the facilities, OCAS board member, Gary Starr gave the students a lesson in how to use binoculars. Then treated them to views of a nearby Osprey Nest through his spotting scope. Read the rest of this entry »

Scoping a Canada Goose

Scoping a Canada Goose

Blasts of springtime wind weren’t enough to dampen the enthusiasm of the Monkton After School Program students!  They were participating in a special event:  Let’s G.O.! – as in “Get Outside.” Each K-5th grader could choose 2 of the 3 offered activities:  bird watching, forest study and gardening. OCAS was pleased to be invited to lead the bird watching segment.  After instructions on the use of binoculars, the first birding group headed down the path from the school to Monkton Pond (Cedar Lake).  Most birds were sheltering Read the rest of this entry »

Orwell Village School Environmental Day

Orwell Village School Environmental Day funded by an OCAS grant

Addison County educators interested in field trips with an environmental education benefit are invited to submit an application for funding to Otter Creek Audubon.  Grant funds may be used to help defer the cost of transportation, equipment, outside presentations, or other expenses that will improve students understanding of the natural world. Grants of up to a maximum of $1,000 will be awarded for use in 2013, and Otter Creek Audubon will seek to assist schools in multiple supervisory unions.  Proposals that get students into the natural world will be favored. Read the rest of this entry »

Here is a photo gallery of some of the many activities and demonstrations that took place at the 11th annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day on Saturday, October 6. We thank all the organizers, volunteers and participants for helping make this  such successful event despite the less than ideal weather. We hope to see you all and many more again next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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