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All programs are now available for booking at the subsidized rates of:

– $150 (1-1.5 hr in class or outdoor program)

– $250 (half-day field study)

– $350 (full-day field study)

Teachers who are current CBEEN members may access one complimentary program (with up to $250 in bussing cost reimbursement) for their classroom in the school year. Up to 200 complimentary programs are available for the 2020-2021 school year to teachers across the Basin on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For the 2020-2021 school year we have a COVID-19 policy in place.  Teachers booking programs are expected to read this plan in advance of their program to understand our policies and practices around offering programs this year.  Questions about the policy may be directed to the Wild Voices Program Manager at wilvoices@cbeen.org


The Wild Voices team is carefully planning for a safe return to working with students and teachers.  Our booking system is open for teachers to begin planning and scheduling with educators.

At this time we ask teachers to request booking dates from October 5, 2020 onwards to allow time for us to prepare based on needs as they emerge in September.  We also ask that teachers ensure that a program does not violate their school and/or district policies before booking.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to confirm program suitability and communicate needs and questions to the Community Educator.


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Citizen Science Techniques in a Migratory Bird Study

Bookable Type(s) Half Day Field Study Online Presentation (approx 1 hr)
Duration2.5 Hours
LocationA park, lake or marsh where waterfowl are present - please contact the educator for recommendations in the SD5 area.This can be done where there is waterfowl/ birds present ie: Elizabeth/Wasa lake, BC parks of your choosing. Idlewild ,Wycliffe,St Eugene.
Contact This Presenterwrehab@hotmail.com or call 7785174377

About the Program
Learn what techniques are used and how scientists and biologists help migratory birds in research. Students participate in a research study program in Citizen Science while gaining observational skills by sight and sound, learning basic biology/adaptations, while accumulating knowledge and curiosity about the natural world. The great migration phenomenon.

Participate in some citizen science by joining me in a nature walk.

This lesson will be in the afternoon in the colder months and can be done earlier in the morning in summer when it’s too hot out.
Learn why scientists and biologists band and capture migratory birds for research. Basic bird identification and special features/ characteristics biologists look and listen for.
Students will become Bird Bandits. Learn some ecology about birds. Learn about migration and bird adaptations. Learn about survival techniques and the hazards that migratory birds face.
Students will learn bird banding techniques and how they are applied.
We have many surveying projects that involve students in Citizen Science every year from Nest watch, Ebird, Audubon, Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation and Cornel Lab of Ornithology to monitoring for nests and breeding birds surveys.

This program can also be done in school yards if birds present.

Materials You Will Need to Bring
Please bring clipboards for adults and students. Binoculars from SD5 resource center for students and a pencil for each student. I have Dry erase pens. Please bring 2 colors of team vests for all students. You can get all of these from the SD5 resource center.
I appreciate having student names written on name tags/stickers.

Please ensure the students are prepared for outdoor time with appropriate clothes hat , boots, insect spray, snack and water to drink.

Adults can bring a waterfowl/ bird guide or identification key for identifying species of waterfowl or birds.

About the Community Educator
I am an Applied Biology Technician and environmental educator. Delivering engaging creative lessons of citizen science bioblitz studies to children in nature through science based education and modeIing techniques. I am very passionate about the outdoors and love to share my ideas to children so it may one day spring that interest to become a biologist someday. I have lived in the East Kootenays most of my life and belong to many societies that conserve and restore, ecological integrity in our communities and beyond. I have a very strong background in native plant biology and wildlife/amphibian surveying. I want to bring back the excitement and curiosity about the environment that all children should have and give them a sense of wonder what's really out there.

Patricia Meldrum

Organization: Independant outdoor environmental educator

Title: Applied Biology Technologist

Address: Cranbrook, BC

Curriculum Links:ARTS/ MATH/ SCIENC/PHYSICAL ED. Water is essential to all living things and cycles through the environment. Daily physical activity helps us develop movement skills and physical literacy that is an important part of healthy living • Grade 3 Classify familiar animals according to their similarities and differences in appearances, behavior and life cycles. Arts connect our creative experiences involve an interplay between exploration, inquiry and purposeful choice. The likelihood of possible outcomes can be examined, compared and interpreted. Living things are diverse can be grouped and interact in their ecosystems. Wind water and ice change the shape of the land. Skills can be developed through play-designs grow out of natural curiosity. • Grade 2 Water is essential to all living things and it cycles through the environment. Visual arts are unique languages for creating and communicating. Numbers to 100 represent quantities that can be decomposed into 10s and 1s. Living things have life cycles adapted to environment. Classify familiar animals according to similarities and differences in appearances, behavior and life cycles. • Grade 1 Engagement in arts creates opportunities for inquiry through purposeful play. Objects and shapes have attributes that can be described, measured and compared. Living things have features and behaviour’s that help them survive in their environment. Skills can be developed through play and designs grow out of natural curiosity.Classify organisms, objects and events. • Grade K Plants and animals have observable features. Repeating elements in patterns can be identified. Skills can be developed through play and designs grow out of natural curiosity. Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us
Tags:Energy, Other, Outdoor Skills, Ecosystems / Wildlife, Water, Forestry / Silviculture, Food
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Grade Levels:Intermediate (4-6), Primary (K-3)
School Districts:Independent, SD5

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