Great Backyard Bird Count- YNC Style!

The Williams Lake Young Naturalists participated in the Great Back Yard Bird Count on February 16, 2013.  The weather was beautiful for a short walk led by birding enthusiast Cathy Koot:  8 species and 47 individual birds were sighted.  This is up from 4 species and 21 individual birds sighted last year.  Our results will be forwarded to Cornell University for inclusion in their international bird studies.
After the walk we made origami beaks to explore the functions of different beak shapes.

Alexis, Ella, Timu, Wayne and Jessabelle test out their origami beaks on different food types.
Thanks to Julianne Trelenberg for sending in this update! 

From the Mouths of Babes

From the Mouths of Babes

From the Mouths of Babes is an interesting article in this month's Conservation Magazine about the influence children have on their parents' environmental literacy.  Not surprising information, perhaps, for parents of Young Naturalists who are accustomed to learning with and from their children!

Grassland Species Monitoring on BC's First Family Day

On BC's first Family Day 30 young and young-at-heart naturalists gathered at Brunswick Point in Delta to learn about grassland birds and the habitats that they require for survival. We had a chance to see many interesting species, including the pugnacious Short-eared Owl, the powerful Harrier Hawk, the magestic Snowy Owl, and the patient Great-blue Heron. Together we collected important scientific data on how birds are using this critical habitat. 
The Grassland Habitat Monitoring Project is offered by the YNC and Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust and sponsored by Vancity and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.