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World Migratory Bird Day Activities by Blanco Ranger DIstrict

The Blanco Ranger District is in it's 17th year of celebrating World Migratory Bird Day with Meeker School District. During the month of May, students in 4th-7th grade were presented a PowerPoint presentation on this year's theme 'Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution'. Each section of each grade (12 sections) were then taken on a two hour birdwatching field trip around Meeker and to the White River and local parks. During these trips, students identified 20-34 species of birds by sight and sound. The fourth grade class participated in a coloring contest with prizes awarded including posters, T-shirts, field guides and cloth bags. In addition, stand-out students were awarded steel straws and posters. Every classroom in Meeker Elementary and Barone Middle Schools received a 2019 poster.

In addition, the Meeker High School Biology group participated in permanent point counts at locations within pinyon/juniper, sagebrush and mountain shrub vegetation community types with Blanco Range/Wildlife employee Mary Cunningham. These counts ocurred on Thursday mornings before school from 6:30-8:00 AM. The fresh donuts from the Meeker Bakery helped to boost attendance! This same group tracked SnoTel data from NRCS and were treated to a field trip earlier in the spring with an NRCS hydrologist who explained and demonstrated how the water content in the snowpack is determined.

220 E. Market St 220
Meeker 40° 2' 12.4296" N, 107° 54' 18.2088" W
Start date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 17:15
End date: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 19:15