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The BBC is pleased and proud to announce that it has established an annual Young Birder Scholarship to nurture interest in bird study and conservation among young birders. The 2015 scholarship is open to New England residents ages 14 to 17 and will cover the full cost of the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at National Audubon’s Hog Island camp during the week of June 21-26, 2015.
For more details, instructions, and application forms, see here.
The BBC, through the book fund program of the club’s Conservation and Education Committee, has recently purchased and donated books about birds and nature to Kestrel Educational Adventures on Cape Ann and the Murkland Elementary School in Lowell. The book fund, which comes from member donations, was established to promote bird and nature education for K-12 students. Kestrel Educational Adventures, annually serving over a thousand K-12 students in Essex County, provides students with “child-centered, inquiry-based explorations of the wild places in their own towns,” including an Osprey program in conjunction with the Essex County Greenbelt Association. Students at the Murkland School visit the Assabet River NWR as part of the Urban Education program, designed to “bring awareness and knowledge of the natural world to children who do not have access to a protected natural environment.” Among other activities, students study mist-nested birds, birds’ nests, and the behavior of Great Blue Herons. Education is a vital part of the club’s mission, and the BBC is proud to support the fine educational work of Kestrel Educational Adventures and the Urban Education program. Thanks to all club members who have contributed to the book fund.