We had a wonderful summer camp season this year with a total of three sessions and 32 children attending. Our camp staff did a great job orchestrating fun, nature-focused activities under the direction of Megan Langan, with the assistance of Liz Brown and Chris DeCesare. Our third session was added this year for children entering first and second grades in a collaborative session with the Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) at Fortin Park. Thank you to our special guests who presented in their areas of expertise – Andy Mason, Eileen Kline, Rod Sutton and Gary Graver. We also thank the board at OWL and the Community Foundation of South Central NY for their help in getting the new session off the ground, as well as DOAS Business Sponsor, Rod Spangle, Antique Clock Repair in Unadilla and all individuals who contributed scholarship donations ($230 in scholarship funding was awarded to offset costs for those who needed a little extra help with the program registration fees). Anyone interested in becoming a DOAS Business Sponsor or making a scholarship donation for our camp fund can contact Susan O’Handley, DOAS Education Chair firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at 607-643-5680.
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Why Birds Matter...
Birds are important because of the role they play in the natural world as pollinators and seed disbursers, assisting with the balance of nature by eating insects. They also clean up things that would go unattended otherwise.
Birds are important TO ME because of the kinship that I feel with another living species, and the joy that they bring to me year around. Encountering spring migrants feels brand new every time! I feel responsibility for their well-being and take care not to disturb their nesting with unnecessary sounds, disturbance or habitat destruction. I respect the incredible work they do to bring about future generations.
Becky GrettonDOAS Co-President
Birds have always been an early warning system for our environment–the “canary in the coal mine.” It was the decline in bird species high on the food chain that tipped us off to the dangers of DDT and other chemicals. More recently, high altitude and high latitude birds are demonstrating the first definitive effects of global change. If science had been more advanced in the 1800s, the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon could have served as a warning about habitat destruction. This not just about protecting the birds–although that is a worthy goal–but all of these threats will ultimately reach the human race.
Andy MasonDOAS Co-President
In addition to being indicators for environmental health, birds matter because they allow people all over the world to enjoy and appreciate nature. Caring about birds often leads to caring about their habitats and creates a stewardship ethic to protect our natural resources. Birds connect communities.