Students Get Hands On Wildlife Education
School was in session today at Magee Marsh. The lesson plan included some real hands-on training in how to band birds. At the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, two classes from Perrysburg High School got a chance to see some sparrows, warblers and thrashers, hold them and band them. Something that is routine, but very important work for the observatory staff which has been helping to track and promote the birds that are abundantly rich in this wetland womb along the shores of Lake Erie. Janice Ray, a Perrysburg Ecology teacher who brought her students to the observatory on Friday says, "to bring them here, where they get to touch and hold them and learn about the research that takes place in our area, is an invaluable lesson." Teaching the lessons at the observatory was Ken Keffer, the Education Director at the BSBO, assisted by Kim Kaufman, the director of the center and Mark Shieldcastle, the founder of the BSBO , who says he is very pleased with how far the observatory has come since it was first conceived 16 years ago. The observatory is hoping to welcome more students to their center this year to learn about their work and research into the migratory birds that pass through the area. Kim Kaufman says, they do have funds available to help school districts pay for bus transportation costs after getting a grant from the Toledo Community Foundation. They invite schools to call them for information about these programs.