The bluejay, one of many.

The blue jay, one of many.

CREAMERY PA – PA Songbirds, a day-long course about Pennsylvania songbirds intended primarily for teachers but also open to the public, will be held Oct. 3 (2009; Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office and 4H Center on Route 113, one mile west of Skippack PA.

The course is based on a hands-on, interdisciplinary resource and activity guide about songbirds, written with primary and secondary school teachers in mind. Its topics cover what makes a bird a bird, interactions of people and songbirds, and positive steps to benefit songbirds and their habitat.

The guide is divided into seven chapters: Bird Biology, Habitat, Observing and Identifying Songbirds, Migration, Songbird Research Techniques, Birds and People, and Action.

In addition to teachers working in kindergarten through 12th grade, registration also is open to members of the public working with youth groups who are interested in bringing PA Songbird to their organization.

A $35 registration fee will be charged, and participants must bring a brown-bag lunch. Class size is limited, and advance registration is required. Call Linda Hoade at 610-489-4315 for more information.

PA Songbirds is a joint project of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Bureau of State Parks, the Pennsylvania Audubon Society, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Act 48 credits are available for educators. The course is sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Master Gardener Volunteers.

Photo from Songbirds of Pennsylvania

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