Candy Frye, of Southeast Middle School, wrote us about SEMS: Feathered Amigos, a Pennington Adopt-a-School mini-grant project:
During the months of April and May, Southeast Middle School Enrichment Students will have several opportunities to participate in events that will foster environmental awareness of our local bird populations. Southeast Middle School is in a unique location near historical Salisbury, (Rowan County) North Carolina. Our area is currently experiencing construction growth and an increase in human population. Therefore, the goal of SEMS: Feathered Amigos Project is to better understand and support the integration of bird populations within the shared community.
On Friday, April 11th, we had an open Bird Watch for students, parents, and community members. Ornithology students from nearby Catawba College assisted us with birdwatching. The Rowan County Master Gardeners joined our watch and provided information about bird houses and creating a bird friendly garden environment.
Southeast Middle School student population is about 770 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Classes will be invited to participate in a 10-minute bird watch during our project time and to analyze their class findings.
We hope to improve our feathered amigos’ environment by adding bird feeders, nesting boxes, and bird friendly plants to our school garden. Volunteers from Rowan County Master Gardeners and ornithology students from Catawba College in Salisbury will assist with our SEMS: Feathered Amigos Project!
Here at SEMS, we are very excited about the opportunities that our mini-grant will provide for our students, community, and especially our feathered amigos!