Thursday, April 30, 2009

Grant and Birdathon

The Education Department at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest has been awarded a $1000 grant from the South Carolina Geographic Alliance (SCGA). The grant will be used to purchase two Apple iPod Touch devices along with accessories and a Garmin Global Positioning System (GPS) unit. This equipment and equipment already aquired will be used by students to capture digital data (audio, video, still images, notes, latitude/longitude coordinates, routes, etc.) while they are visiting the old-growth, cypress-tupelo swamp. Additionally, the Beidler Forest education staff will load images, audio, video, maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and text into the devices which students can access during their visit to help them better understand their experience. Once back at school, students can use the data they collected along with the provided resources to create quality, multi-media presentations, including their personal reflections, of their experience at Beidler Forest.

While the $1000 grant from the SCGA is generous and welcomed, it takes much more to effectively protect the old-growth swamp and other vital habitats within South Carolina. This weekend, the Audubon South Carolina board and staff will fan out across the state in search of as many bird species as can be positively identified! If we can raise $30,000, we will receive a $30,000 match. You don't need to donate $30,000 (we've already received some pledges), but if all 5,000 individuals that receive the Audubon South Carolina newsletter were to send in only $6.00, we could easily reach our goal. As an added incentive, Mark Musselman had one of his Prothonotary Warbler images framed by Rick Sutton of Frame & Design Gallery of Summerville and will be giving it away to a lucky individual that pledges through him (one chance for each $40 increment [straight donation] or each 25-cent increment [per species donation]).

Please help support the fine work of Audubon in South Carolina!

Images by Apple Computer, Inc. (iPod) and Mark Musselman (Prothonotary Warbler)

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