Native Bird Treasure Hunt

  • Location
    Rye Brook, New York
  • Status
    Active
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

We wanted to encourage people to learn more about our native birds and how to protect them! Our goal was to unite the community in a fun and sustainable way during the pandemic

Our Plan

In collaboration with our town sustainability committee, we organized and implemented a native bird treasure hunt at our local town park. First, we selected around 12 native bird species that we wanted to highlight. We then painted 12 wooden birds to reflect each of these species. We also gathered fun facts and other relevant information to create informational sheets to go along with the birds. In the design of each of our sheets, we also incorporated sustainable action items that participants could partake in! One poster showed the contact information of local government representatives and encouraged participants to choose one and write a letter about a conservation cause to them. Other action items included a recipe for making native seed bombs, information on why domestic cats should be kept indoors, and a QR code that linked to an interactive carbon footprint calculator. We identified a walkable path through the park and hung up the birds with the signs at different locations. We then made a list of rhyming clues for each of the locations and distributed it to the community. The prize for completing the scavenger hunt was a pencil which could be planted to grow native plants!

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Migratory species
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    Sustainability
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    Wildlife

The Benefit

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    Animals
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    Environment
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    People
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