Napa-Solano Audubon Society has a kid-friendly birding group, Junior Audubon! Younger birders tend to be highly motivated and learn quickly, but they can have difficulty finding ways to connect to each other and often get lost in adult-oriented bird outings.
Junior Audubon hopes to remedy these issues by offering a free group exclusively for teens and pre-teens. The group meets twice each month for two hours. Parental attendance is optional. The outings are set in different habitats near Napa, focus on improving birding skills and learning bird ecology.
Check the Calendar page to see dates times, and descriptions of upcoming walks.
For more information, email Alex Green, Junior Audubon Director, at accidentalshrike[at]gmail.com.
Presentations for classrooms or youth groups are offered by prior arrangement. The program usually includes an overview of why birding is fun, a beginning birding video, an exploration of feathers, bird skulls and nests. Additional birding activities, games or art may also be included as time allows. The program ends with a guided bird walk in the schoolyard or nearby park (binoculars can be provided on loan).
Email Wendy Schackwitz at napa-solano-birds[at]outlook.com for more information.
Special Introductory and Family Events
Educational exhibits and birding activities are offered at various community events through out the year, including the annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, Earth Day events, California Native Plant Society sales and garden workshops, and others. These usually focus on the importance of "citizen science" and invite participants to become involved with our 'Hummingbirds at Home" project, or eBird, or other monitoring projects.