All animals need a habitat to live in. A habitat is any place where an animal lives and can meet its basic needs. An animal’s basic needs include: Food, Water, Shelter, and Space. For the purposes of this activity we will focus on food, water and shelter, but keep in mind that space is also an important component of an animal’s habitat. If an animal does not have access to food, water and shelter all together in a suitable arrangement, it cannot make that space its habitat.
The Nongame Conservation Section of Georgia DNR's Wildlife Resources Division offers a $1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade teacher who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences. Project proposals must include Georgia's nongame wildlife (animals not fished for or hunted and rare plants not harvested) as the context for learning curriculum standards.
One teacher is selected based on project design and how well the grant proposal questions are answered.
By Terry W. Johnson
In the real estate business it is often said the value of a property is determined by three things location, location, location. The same holds true for nesting boxes. Where you erect a bird house will determine what bird will nest there since all cavity-nesting birds prefer to nest in certain
habitats and will rarely nest anywhere else.
For that reason, try as we might, it is difficult to get an eastern bluebird to nest in a heavily wooded backyard or a screech owl to use a box in the middle of a large open yard.
Project WILD has been providing award winning, classroom tested, quality conservation education in Georgia, the U.S. and around the world for over 20 years. It is an environmental education program for students of all ages. This program is sponsored in Georgia by the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia Chapter of the Safari Club International.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) exists to introduce school-age youth to the shooting sports and to facilitate their continued involvement by providing opportunities to safely and enjoyably participate and compete in a team-based sport led by trained adult coaches focused on enhancing the personal growth and development of their athletes.
WHAT IS NASP®?
Since 2003, the National Archery in the Schools Program has been an approved physical education program in Georgia. Since its beginning in Kentucky in 2002, NASP® is now taught in 47 states, and 10 countries. To date, more than 14 million students have gone through the program.
As part of GA DNR's Kids for Conservation initiative, the "Exploring Georgia's Wildlife" coloring book is a great teaching aid that covers native animals and plants, ecoregions, habitat requirements and more! These pages foster appreciation for Georgia's rich biodiversity, as well as motivate students and their families to embark on outdoor adventures close to home and throughout our great state.
Illustrations by Ami Flowers Staples: www.amiflowersart.com
Hey, kids! Would you like your artwork to appear on the 13th Annual Youth Birding Competition T-shirt? How about winning a Michaels gift card for free art supplies? Then plan on taking part in the 2018 T-shirt Art Contest. Check this page for details later this year. (Read about the 2017 contest and winners.)
The 2018 YBC is scheduled for April 27 & 28, with details coming in fall 2017.
Annual Youth Birding Competition
What is it?
The Youth Birding Competition is a 24-hour birding event during the peak of spring migration. Youth teams spend the day finding as many species as they can as they compete against teams their own age. The competition is capped off with a wildlife show and awards banquet.