Bird Watching, Citizen Science, School Curriculum
Grenada Fund for Conservation Inc. (GFC), Education Conservation Outreach (ECO) and Kido Foundation collaborated to host a BirdSleuth Workshop, with the theme “Engaging youth in science and conservation through Caribbean Birdsleuth.”
The project is funded by Birds Caribbean under a project funded by United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Fund (NMBCA).
The aim of this project is to increase active engagement and commitment to conservation of high-priority migratory birds.
The workshop objectives are to:
Increase awareness of the plight of migratory birds and their habitats
Promote student environmental stewardship through establishing a network of conservation educators and teachers
A two day workshop was held at St. George’s University on the 23rd-24th April 2015, and included field trips to Woburn Mangrove Restoration Site and Rex Grenadian Hotel; well known bird watching hotpots.
Over 30 educators from school districts all over the mainland Grenada were trained in the use of the curricula which includes bird identification skills, inquiry-based learning, and citizen science activities (bird monitoring and conservation).
Participants were allowed to demonstrate lessons from the curricular during the workshop using materials and tools provided in the workshop, they also created and presented draft project plans for their various school districts.
These educators will then be expected to train 35 students each within their schools and community groups within the next year.