Over this last semester, the Tweetspeak students have learned more than they could’ve ever imagined. We’ve learned 70+ species of birds, including year-round residents, migratory bird, and even birds that just fly over. My favorite being the Downy Woodpecker, which we’ve gotten many chances to observe this semester. We learned how they choose their mates, how they make their nests, and even how they can choose the sex of their offspring! We’ve travelled near and far; stopping at the Westminster College Field Station and going as far as Pymatuning State Park.
We’ve learned bird conservation efforts around the world and how we, as citizen-scientists and journalists can help the causes. We’ve even met with key members of the Bartramian Audubon Society. We’ve also had the pleasure of meeting and birding with Board of Trustees member, Glenn Thompson.
Overall, this group of 12 students came into this class hardly knowing each other and thinking it would be a boring experience. I mean, who expects birding to lead to fond memories? The outcome, however, was very different. We’ve come our friends with great memories and an even greater understanding and appreciation for birds and everything they do for our environment.
So, to Mr. Weaver and Dr. Duerr, thank you for a great semester. I think I speak for all of us when I say we’ll never be able to walk outside again without hearing a bird’s song and automatically trying to identify it!
A Special Appreciation for the mission and work of the Bartramian Audubon Society
The 2017 Tweetspeak Cluster celebrated Earth Day in April with members of the Bartramian Audubon Society. Students hosted members on a birding adventure around the campus, including the three Audubon-certified bird sanctuaries on campus. Students in the previous edition of Tweetspeak secured those sanctuaries as a service learning project in 2016.
The Tweetspeak students and faculty support the Bartramian Audubon Society’s mission is to preserve the native plant and animal communities in our eco-region through monitoring and protecting vulnerable, rare, and endangered life forms.
Education, direct conservation efforts, research and active participation in citizen science support this mission.
The Bartramian Audubon Society is the chapter of the National Audubon Society serving, Butler, Lawrence, Mercer, and Vengango counties in Pennsylvania.
Find out more and get involved! Follow the group on Facebook!
Bartramian Audubon Society
P.O. Box 315
Slippery Rock, PA 16057