192 students + 14 teachers + 5 community experts + 4 hours =
33 bird species & 208 individuals
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual tradition at Evergreen Community Charter School. Every February classes opt in for 20-30 minute bird watching sessions with local experts, seeking to identify as many different species and individual birds on our school grounds.
Thanks to this guy, Mark Hopey, of the Southern Appalachian Raptor Research Center, Evergreen students have the opportunity for in-depth bird education. 4th grade at Evergreen begins with a Learning Expedition guided by discoveries about birds, their anatomy, physiology and physical adaptations that make them unique from other animals and from one another. Mark hosts 4th graders at the Big Bald Banding station in the fall, then joins Environmental Education Program Coordinator, Marin Leroy, to teach about Nest box Monitoring and bird watching skills in the winter. This collaboration engages 4th grade students in a year-long avian learning journey, teaching observation skills and data collection techniques they will use time and time again as students and citizens.
A huge thanks to our enthusiastic teachers and guest experts for making this day happen. We appreciate you!