Birder's Guide

MAY 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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23 May 2015 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community skills to do something about it." The ultimate objective of GLADE is to instill within its participants a long-term desire to give back to nature. A page from GLADE curriculum proclaims "It is not only your right, but it is your responsibil- ity to step up when your voice or actions can move us closer to a time when all wild things are provided suitable habitat and a chance to survive." Post-GLADE grants awarded to graduates by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks turn the youth conservationists into community leaders, and their ideas into realities, as outdoor learning centers, native plant gardens, blue- bird trails, recycling programs, low-impact developments, waterway clean-ups, and other environmental projects spring up building. Now in its seventh year, it con- tinues to bring people and organizations together around its theme of sustainability for natural ecosystems and human commu- nities now and in the future. "If you are looking for a way to help the environment, future generations, and teen- agers today, look no further than GLADE", said Paul O'Donnell, 17, a rural participant and volunteer for the U.S. National Park Service National Scenic Riverways from Eminence, Missouri. He wrote further in his post-GLADE survey that "GLADE guides teenage conservationists through a series of activities designed to help them grow together, and learn valuable environmental and scientifc skills. It produces people with a keen love for the environment and the across the Ozarks landscape. Mist-netting and bird-banding are vital components of GLADE success. These ac- tivities often provide youth with their frst encounter with the passion that drives the week-long, residential GLADE program. Avian feld research engages students in scientifc data collection and teaches them about the lives of Ozarks birds. As young people gain an understanding of the ob- stacles facing migrating birds, instructors emphasize the metaphorical implications of the avian journey to challenge the youth to develop perseverance and resourceful living in their own lives. This can be ac- complished by discussing various prompts such as: What qualities must a Neotropi- cal species develop or possess in order to of Ozark Conservationists Ozark, Missouri Greg Swick GLADE instructor Andrew Kinslow shows participants a Prothonotary Warbler. Kinslow received the ABA's 2014 Chandler Robbins Award for Education and Conservation, in part for his education and habitat restoration work via GLADE. Photo © Kelsey Rumley Young conservationists engage in all phases of cane res- toration, from the acquisition of plants from established canebrakes to the fnal tamp-down of soil at transplant sites. Photo © Kelsey Rumley

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