Education is a vital part of the mission of Audubon. Our local chapter provides opportunities for all generations, from children to elders. We strive to teach people about birds and their natural world, with a focus on place-based, active-learning approaches. We also strive to take advantage of the local knowledge of our community, especially as it relates to birds and the shared passion for conserving their native habitats.
Currently we are working with the Green House Living for Sheridan, local businesses Rocky Mountain Discount Sports and Knecht Home Center of Sheridan, Audubon Rockies, and Sheridan High School faculty and students to enhance the newly created “Bird Path” for the elders living at the Green House. To this end, we are working with Sheridan High School students in Mr. Fiedler’s Wood Shop classes to construct nest boxes for American Kestrels and Tree Swallows. We are also fitting each cottage with a set of binoculars, a field guide, and pamphlets to help identify the birds commonly seen along the Bird Path.
Each year, our chapter offers two educational programs on bird-related topics, as well as the occasional symposium or workshop on a special topic of interest. Many of these events are free and open to the public. For upcoming events, please consult our calendar on our Facebook page.
For example, on August 1 and 2, Audubon and The Brinton Museum offered a two-day program titled “All-Things-Pollinators-and-Gardens”. Dr. Laura Burke from Montana State University spoke on local bees as pollinators, Dr. Jackie Canterbury spoke on local hummingbirds as pollinators, and Jamie Weiss from Rocky Mountain Audubon spoke on the Habitat Hero Program. Tours of The Brinton garden, the Emerson garden, and the Marsden’s garden followed.
In an effort to provide educational programs to our community, we partner with local groups that include:
- Audubon Rockies ( http://rockies.audubon.org/audubon-rockies-education-and-teacher-resources)
- The Brinton Museum ( http://www.bbmandm.org/)
- Green House Living in Sheridan ( http://www.sheridangreenhouse.org/)
- Science Kids ( http://science-kids.org/)
We encourage community participation in educational, citizen-science programs that include:
- The Great Backyard Bird Count ( http://gbbc.birdcount.org/)
- NestWatch (http://nestwatch.org/)
- FeederWatch ( http://feederwatch.org/)