Monday 18th January 2016: Feathered Friends

Wildlife Explorers prepared for The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch at their January Indoor Meeting, Feathered Friends. Children gathered at The Salvation Army Hall on Roe Street to learn some basic garden bird identification skills and the way the valuable data collected in the survey is used to help conservation.

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Children had chance to try out using binoculars for an indoor birdwatching session using a collage with lots of hidden wildlife species to identify.

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Wildlife Explorers  got creative making Bird of Prey Window decorations in a variety of realistic and abstract styles. Everyone also sculpted a bird – inspired pencil topper with robins and penguins proving the most popular selection (and perhaps the easiest to model?) .

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Playing ‘The Feather Game’ helped to illustrate how vulnerable wild birds are to the simple decisions human beings make in relation to the environment.

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Phoenix members took part in a special session learning about the evolution of birds and how their bodies are adapted for flight. As well as learning about feathers and wing morphology they also discussed the importance of pneumatised bones and skeleton structure.

The group were all looking forward to testing out their new-found skills  over the Garden Birdwatch weekend at the end of January.

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