I teach ecology programs in a rural village in central Haiti, and at an elementary school. This week we used the BirdSleuth scavenger hunt and Bird Spy Bingo produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The games are printed on slick cards on which dry erase markers can be erased. I only have the English version of the games since I am waiting for the French to be reprinted. The scavenger hunt has basic and more advanced levels of finding objects in natures such as a spider web, rock, leaf, etc., and is mostly text, so I had the kids find the objects that were pictured on the cards. Bird bingo has birds doing various things, such as sitting on a branch or singing, and the kids were able to follow the illustrations. The 6th graders were able to read some of the English descriptions of the birds. There aren’t many trees in the village and the kids are noisy, but a kestrel did pose on a tree for us, and the kids found a feather and bird droppings. We saw a few more birds near the elementary school. Binoculars aren’t needed for the scavenger hunt, but make the bingo more fun. Both games draw attention to animals and objects found in nature. My assistant Louiders wants me to thank everyone who donates binoculars and funds for this! He says you are helping Haiti!
|Searching for birds along the village path.|
|Bird Bingo in the village.|
|Louiders helping the 6th graders.|