Kids Who Bird!
Baton Rouge Audubon Society is proud to announce a brand-new club -- Kids Who Bird. This exciting program is designed for kids who are interested and excited about birds. If you're a kid between the ages of 9 and 16 who likes birds and wants to know more about them, this club is for you. We'll learn about the birds you can find right here in Baton Rouge, as well as other places in Louisiana. We'll learn about the migratory birds that we'll see only as they pass through our state -- but lots of birds do that, and it means we can see some really great birds.
Binoculars are available for those who want to borrow them, so you'll be able to get a good look at the birds. Field guides that contain bird identification information are also available, so you'll be able to tell what you're looking at! In addition to learning to identify birds by sight, we'll spend a lot of time listening to the birds and learning to identify them by the sounds they make. Each member will keep a "life list" of all the birds they identify (by sight or sound!) when we go out on our field trips around Baton Rouge and other places in Louisiana.
We'll plan to meet once a month on a weekday night. The meetings will focus on bird education, with lots of hands-on and interactive activities. In addition to "classroom" work we'll also try to hold a field trip at least once a month so we can get out and find the birds! Many of our field trips will be at the best Baton Rouge area birding places, but occasionally we will go farther afield to pursue more specialized species, as we want to find and see a variety of birds. Parents are welcome to stay and learn about birds too!
The meetings will generally be held at 6:30-8pm on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday or Thursday of the month. Meetings are announced via email a few weeks in advance. The location of the meetings will usually be at the LSU Museum of Natural Sciences in the Hall of Birds (Foster Hall). Location of the field trips will vary from month to month and will probably be held in the mornings on Saturday or Sunday.
CURRENTLY WE ARE NOT CHARGING FEES FOR THIS CLUB! At some point, if significant expenses are incurred, we may begin charging a small annual fee. The club is geared towards children ages 9 to 16 and their parents (not appropriate for younger children as it is difficult for them to use binoculars and field guides). Club members will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the various meeting sites.
If you have questions, or are interested in joining the club, contact Jane Patterson with the Baton Rouge Audubon Society by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (225) 753-7615 for membership information.
To follow the activity of Kids Who Bird, check out our blog at www.kidswhobird.org.