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Nature Workshops Sponsored by the Friends of Buenos Aires NWR
Southwest Region, April 22, 2006
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The Friends of BANWR hosted several successful nature workshops in April.  The spectacular backdrop of the Baboquivari Mountains was the setting for these educational sessions in the Brown Canyon section of the refuge.  On April 1 and 2, several citizens and Friends members attended the “Workshop Host” event, a series of lectures and discussions to recruit future coordinators and planners for Friends-sponsored workshops and the Education Committee.  The next weekend, educator Beth Phillips instructed the Mystery Family Weekend, where adults and kids enjoyed field activities looking for evidence of animal activity – tracks, holes, animal voices and habitat clues.  Participants also took home memories of the evening with a storyteller, and their own Environmental Detective’s notebook.  On April 15 and 16, biologist Homer Hansen introduced participants to the wonders of bird migration.  The workshop included an audiovisual presentation, an analysis of wayfinding techniques used by birds during migration, and a field trip which sighted 57 bird species.  The following weekend, botanist Dan Austin instructed “Elder Brother’s Garden,” a day workshop focusing on the ecological value of plants and their use by people. 

 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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