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Flying WILD Notes is a national newsletter published by the Council for Environmental Education to spotlight the Flying WILD program. Within it you may find news about new initiatives, partners joining the Flying WILD program, milestones and accomplishments of existing program partners from around the country, and noteworthy national events.

Current Issue: August 2008

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Through the generous support of the Kaytee Avian Foundation, CEE will be providing $500 stipends to ten Flying WILD City Partners. This will help to offset travel expenses to join us in Jekyll Island, GA where we will be hosting  Bird Conservation Through Education: A National Gathering, February 22-26, 2009.

Flying WILD City Partners will be meeting February 21st, one and one half days before the conference begins for meetings and information gathering. Sessions of this day will be dedicated to the Flying WILD City Partners for advanced training, networking, and sharing models for how each City Partner has made Flying WILD work in their city.

The Kaytee Avian Foundation is a non-profit corporation established to enhance people's knowledge and enjoyment of birds through education, conservation and research.    

If you would like to apply for travel assistance please e-mail, fax, or mail your request on organizational letterhead to CEE using the information provided below. The stipend is available to the designated contact or associate contacts for Flying WILD City Partners, preferably an employee of the sponsoring group(s) listed in the Flying WILD MOU with CEE. In the letter, please indicate your circumstances, the amount requested, and how the money will be applied (i.e. airfare, lodging, etc.). We will be asking all stipend recipients to provide a half page "vignette" of their FW program. We will process your requests as quickly as possible.

To download the stipends application click here or for more information about the conference click here

The Council for Environmental Education  (CEE) is pleased to announce the  winner of a drawing for an all-expenses-paid week-long educational adventure at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine. The winner is Diana Biggs, a veteran teacher with 17 years experience, from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ms. Biggs' winning entry provided feedback to the Flying WILD National Office about a school bird festival she hosted with her 6th-8th grade students. Her school's festival drew 350 participants and increased visitors' understanding about birds and the challenges they face.

CEE collects Festival Feedback Forms from educators around the country who hold a Flying WILD Bird Festival. Feedback Forms, which are located in the back of each Flying WILD guide, are an essential part of helping CEE to monitor use of the program for festivals. To encourage feedback, CEE enters the name of each person who sends back a form into an annual drawing.

CEE anticipates holding another drawing next spring for a similar prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to a selected professional development event relating to bird education. For your chance to win, submit your Festival Feedback Form today. Winners are not determined by the size or scope of the festival, but must be able to document that their school, classroom or organization hosted a Flying WILD Bird Festival so, save those photos!

For more information about Hog Island's Audubon Camp click here.

CEE and Flying WILD would like to   recognize Mary Young-Lutz, a teacher  of 19 years, for  incorporating a Flying WILD festival into her classroom. Mary has been a teacher at Dominion High School in Sterling, VA for six years where she teaches 10th grade Biology and 11th and 12th grade Environmental Science. This is the second time she has involved her Environmental Science class in hosting a bird festival.

Mary's five day bird festival spotlighted numerous Flying WILD activities. These activities included Bird Olympics, a bird art show, bird boxes, bird nesting, and bird bingo. While working with the shop and art teacher, her high school students picked a local state bird and designed their bird projects in the bird's honor. Students of all ages discovered first hand, the difficulty birds have in engineering their nests. All the finished products from Mary's students were displayed for the entire school to see. As a result of the bird festival, there are several active bluebird and owl boxes, all of which were developed by students.

Overall, Mary said the children were "amazed how tough bids are and how resilient they can be surviving so many obstacles such as migration.They really have an appreciation for the life of a bird," she adds. 

CEE would like to thank Mary for all her hard work and encourage others to give their students a chance to discover bird conservation through education.


Do you know of a group who could lead Flying WILD in their city? If so, by helping expand the Flying WILD City Partner  Network you could earn a FREE  registration for Bird Conservation  Through Education: A National Gathering in Jekyll Island, GA.
City Partner organizations include zoos, aquariums, nature centers, Audubon chapters, museums and more.  Remember, City Partners must possess the infrastructure to support and manage a Flying WILD program.
Our goal is to expand Flying WILD to as many cities as possible to ensure that our nation's youth, particularly urban youth, are knowledgeable about the conservation needs of migratory and other birds.  But we can't do it without your help! So join us in helping to expand the Flying WILD  Network and strengthen bird education. 

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