Youth Programs off to a cold but fun start
Last Tuesday, 23 5th graders from Rogue River Elementary School spent the night in the yurts here at Deer Creek Center, learning about birds and ecology. Our Songbirds, Science & Outdoor Schools is now in its 3rd year. About 200 kids in eight classes will complete this two-day program in April & May.
Our instructors this season are Aliza Kawecki and Ellie Armstrong. Aliza is orginally from New Jersey, and has just completed her Masters in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. She is part of the program taught by Dr. Stewart Janes, taught each fall here at Deer Creek Center.
Ellie returns for her second season with SFI. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University and is a graduate of Ashland High School. Ellie spent part of last winter as a research assistant on a bird banding project in the Bahamas.
Our Songbirds program is a partnership with Ashland's Klamath Bird Observatory. This year, two wildlife biologists, retired from the U.S. Forest Service, are voluteering to teach the 5th graders bird identification skills. We're very grateful to Lee Webb and Dennis Vroman for volunteering to pass their knowledge on to the next generation!