When kids spend less time outdoors, the ability to find out what they're capable of is diminished. Falling and scraping your knee may hurt, but it also teaches kids about limits, danger and consequences. Nature has been proven to be beneficial for children in almost all parts of their life. Not only does it help prevent obesity, reduce stress and build self-esteem, it can also help increase focus inside of the classroom. Moreover, cognitive functions, social skills, leadership and collaboration can all be improved by spending time outside. But the list doesn’t stop there. These are just some of the many benefits that children can gain by being connected with the natural world around them.
If you will be enrolled in high school in Sept. 2015 and have an interest in wildlife habitats, livestock, plants and a potential career with the USFWS, here is an opportunity for you. The High Desert Youth Range Camp (HDYRC) will show you how exciting these lands are and how important management of this habitat is to wildlife. Campers will learn about soils, plants, wildlife, using GPS units, talk with ranchers and wildlife scientists and much more! College credit is earned for all students completing camp from Treasure Valley Community College.
The USFWS delivered 300 eggs to Portland Public Schools where elementary and middle school students will watch and study Chinook salmon as they grow from eggs to fry. Come spring, students of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School and Chief Joseph-Ockley Green School, who have watched the hundreds of eggs become fry, will release them in the Columbia River.
Will you be participating in this year's Christmas Bird Count? The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world is hosted by the Audubon Society and will collect data for it's 115th year. This year's count will take place Dec 14, 2014 to January 5, 2015, and will provide critical data on population trends, species, and the numbers of birds utilizing specific areas. Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun.
The USFWS is so proud of all of our sponsors, volunteers, community membersand visitors for making this year's BirdFest and Bluegrass the best celebration we've had in years! Attendance was phenomenal and the music spectacular. Join us next year as we celebrate another BirdFest and the 50th anniversary ofthe Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Science in Nature: 5th Annual High Desert Range Camp
If you will be enrolled in high school in Sept. 2015 and have an interest in wildlife, habitat, plants, and a career in natural resources -- then YOU must Apply! This amazing summer camp will be held from June 17 through the 20th. The High Desert Youth Range Camp (HDYRC) will show you how exciting these lands are and how important management of this habitat is to wildlife. Campers will learn about soils, plants, wildlife, using GPS units, talk with ranchers and wildlife scientists and much more! College credit is earned for all students completing camp from Treasure Valley Community College.Learn all about this program Download the application here
Ridgefield NWR Habitat Restoration
Looking for a great volunteer opportunity? Head to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge every Wednesday and Saturday to assist with the ongoing removal of invasive Ricefield Bullrush plants. Come lend a hand while exploring the refuge's wetlands.Get the Full Event Details Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
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Play or Work? Why Can't It Be Both?
To the casual passerby, the sounds of young laughter and splashing in a river may evoke an image of youth hard at play; but USFWS intern, Kira Marie Cazenave, has a different story to tell.
In this installment of Faces of Nature, Kira offers a window into what it's like to be a young 'Biologist-For-A-Day' as a group of students from Washington team up with a pair of USFWS biologists to peer beneath the surface of the Newaukum River and check up on the health of mussels and the water...and have a little fun in the process.Read the full story
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