Birds, Careers, and Conservation Youth Workshop. Photo by Diane Tessaglia-Hymes
Youth Workshop a Success
Thanks to Kaytee Avian Foundation
and generous donations from Barbara Bessey and Vicky DeLoach, we held a Birds, Careers, and Conservation Youth Workshop
at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on April 24th and 25th. Staff and students from every Lab department participated in hosting 16 urban youth and their 8 educators/chaperones from cities across the country! All students were selected via a competitive application/nomination process. We had more than 200 applications for the April workshop. Please consider making a donation to help us continue to bring more low income youth to the Lab.
Exploring the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates. Photo by Marta del Campo
Students participated in a wide array of activities throughout their visit, including a wonderful, in-depth tour of the Macaulay Library.
Youth got to record sounds outdoors, listen to "surround sound," learn about video editing, and learn about sound archiving. They really loved this comprehensive tour and enjoyed the hands-on outdoor activity very much. Participants also loved hearing about the Elephant Listening Project and playing a fun bird identification game.
Students visited the Cornell campus on Thursday afternoon, and tour of the Boyce Thompson Institute
. No visit to Cornell is complete without ice-cream from the newly refurbished Cornell Dairy Bar, so after lunch at Appel Commons
and great campus tours from students, workshop participants enjoyed the famous frozen delights at Stocking Hall
. Later, they learned about web programming, got a taste of the adversity facing the world’s biodiversity, and explored conservation in the Neotropics and the value of the arts in conservation.
Participants learned how to have hands-on fun with the creative arts through mixed-media collages. And from dusk till darkness the students, many of whom had never walked through woods before, experienced a night walk (in silence) through Sapsucker Woods. They heard huge choruses of peepers (tiny frogs)!
For more direct interaction with wildlife, on Friday morning participants learned all about bird banding. Then they checked out the Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
, and got back outside for a fantastic birding walk and a display of birds’ nests.
For insight into the college experience, three current undergraduates spoke about their time at Cornell and staff from Cornell Admissions taught them about what’s involved in applying to Cornell (and other four-year universities). Finally, participants learned about the Lab's Bioacoustics Research Program and listened to ocean sounds. We ended the workshop with a picnic at Taughannock Falls Park and an impromptu hike to one of Ithaca’s great natural attractions.