B.I.R.D.S. (Building Informed and Responsible Detroit Stewards)

The Building Informed and Resourceful Detroit Stewards (BIRDS) program connects young people to birds and their habitats while opening their eyes, minds, and hearts to the importance of diverse natural areas (grasslands, wetlands, woodlands, and more) within the city of Detroit. Our goal is to create a deep, meaningful connection between Detroit citizens and the natural world, giving them a greater appreciation and sense of pride in the areas where they live and the tools they need to help conserve natural spaces in their city.

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Detroit Audubon is excited to announce that we are the fortunate recipients of a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan to launch a pilot program in Detroit schools to inspire a new generation of bird and environmental stewards.  Beginning in the fall, B.I.R.D.S. will be connecting 4th-6th graders in four Detroit schools to birds and their habitats in Detroit through a series of field trips to natural spaces including nature exploration, citizen science projects and stewardship projects.  

Field Trip 1: CONNECTION | Developing a connection to the natural world through hands-on, sensory activities
Field Trip 2: HUMANS & NATURE | Understanding the relationship between humans and the natural world in urban areas
Field Trip 3: GOING DEEPER | Utilizing the scientific process and community science initiatives to develop a deep and positive relationship with nature
Field Trip 4: STEWARDSHIP | Building ownership in creating a healthy and diverse city through a student-led stewardship project

Are you interested in sharing your love of birds and their environment with Detroit youth?  Please consider volunteering with us this upcoming school year!  If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Program Coordinator, Sarah Halson at programs@detroitaudubon.org

All photos taken by Jensen Bigelow, Semester in Detroit Intern Fall 2019