Young birder initiative takes flight

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The Young Birder Initiative lead by Shaunavon Wellness and Leisure started on June 16 to teach kids about local birds and wildlife activity in the area.

Shaunavon Summer Active Coordinator Anna Mae Morin explained that the initiative is to give kids something to do during the summer while providing a learning opportunity at the same time.

“It gets the kids out, not just outside, but actively engaging with nature," said Morin. "They're not just seeing birds, but they're trying to identify them and learn about them."

“I think it's pretty important,” she added.

Each participating youngster is given a kit. The kits include binoculars, a young birders field guide, a package of seed for the birds, and a bird book for them to possibly draw the birds that they see and add facts about them.

“The field guide has just a quick fun fact on the front, then it has 10 birds that are commonly seen around Shaunavon," explained Morin. "It has some details about what they look like and what they like to eat."

“It's just a fun little Field Guide the kids can go by when they're looking," she added.

The idea for the project came from Morin, who just started to get into bird watching herself.

“I got my own little bird feeders, and since then I've just taken more notice of all the birds around me,” she stated.

The Shaunavon Wellness and Leisure Facebook page has been making posts about birds since the start of the initiative to keep kids and parents engaged with the program.

People can comment and like the posts for a chance to win a bag of bird seed so they can continue their bird watching adventure.

Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard

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