May 24
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I must admit to how lucky I feel working for a company like Wild Birds Unlimited.

It is a company that truly aspires to live up to its Mission Statement to “Bring People and Nature Together.” It is not just a slogan…it is the ever present motivation behind what we do and it has never been more important than with WBU’s efforts to bring a new generation in touch with the natural world.

For the sixth consecutive year, Wild Birds Unlimited and the National Audubon Society are partnering to provide scholarships to underserved children to attend National Audubon Society summer camps nationwide. These very special camp experiences allow young people to connect with nature and gain a desire to preserve it for future generations.

And if you don’t believe the kids have a great time…just read some of the quotes from some of our previous campers:

“I loved the nature there a lot. Some of the things I saw really amazed me like a new type of bug I discovered that I’d never seen. I really hope I don’t get chiggers again.”

“I like playing camouflage. I was it. I won twice in a row! I saw a great blue heron. I caught a frog then put him back in the pond. But first I dropped him and had to chase him. I LOVE camp!”

I saw a butterfly. It was black and white. I caught it in the net then let it go. And then another, and another, another, another, another, another, another and another—WHOOPS. That one was a moth!

I have been to other camps and they either babysit you or you have no fun. This camp was different. I was busy all week having fun, but I learned. I liked the hikes in the woods.

Parents and caregivers should apply now to give their children the opportunity to attend one of these camps.

Scholarship eligibility is determined by each Audubon Center.

Apr 22
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I can’t help but share experiences and observations about nature with my kids; or anyone else around me for that matter. It’s all about sharing one of my biggest passions and piquing others’ interest in our natural world.

One way my family experiences nature together is bird watching at meal times. Our dining table faces the bird feeders. While we’re eating, we try to ID the birds that are visiting the feeders by color clues or other things.

Birds’ colors are very helpful in identification. The bright yellow birds are the male goldfinches; while the females are more muted yellow. The kids’ competitiveness shines through as they vie to be the first one to confirm if the Downy Woodpecker is the male (red on the back of the head) or the female (no red).

We also pay attention to postures and behaviors. If it’s the upside-down bird, the one that walks head-first down a tree trunk before it hops to the feeders, it’s the nuthatch. If it looks like tree bark but is spiraling up the tree trunk it’s the Brown Creeper.

Sharing nature with kids does not require expert knowledge just a willingness to observe and share. It’s about having fun and discovering things together. Here are some ideas to get started.

Go outside and explore nature together without an agenda. Visit a park or a greenspace. See what you discover.

Check out our Pathways to Nature for Kids web site where you can find indoor and outdoor activities and resources.

Sign kids up for an Audubon Camp this summer. Beginning in April, select Audubon Centers will be taking applications for scholarships for a week of summer camp. Choose from a broad selection of camps near you.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day this weekend then by sharing a nature experience with the next generation?

How do you experience nature with others?

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