4-Hers learn about wildlife

4-Hers learn about wildlife

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:02 pm

4-Hers learn about wildlife | Obion County 4-H

By UNA JOHNSON
Extension agent
During January and February 4-H club meetings, 4-Hers across Obion County have discovered a variety of ways they can learn about energy and help animals.
Fourth, fifth and sixth graders across the county created bird feeders from peanut butter, rice cakes and bird seed, to feed non-migrating wildlife.
According to Tara Dowdy, park ranger for Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge, “It is important to feed wildlife and birds in winter because their natural food sources are often scarce, especially in times of harsh weather conditions, such as ice storms and heavy snow when some animals are unable to maintain a constant, healthy food supply. Setting out bird feeders can help by making beneficial foods available to the birds, such as mixed bird seed, sunflower seeds and suet.
“Feeding birds in the spring and summer is not necessary because an abundance of food is readily available. Having bird feeders is beneficial to people, as well. Learning to identify a variety of birds is enjoyable and very rewarding.”
4-Hers learned that birds and wildlife use food to create energy, helping to produce body heat.
During January 4-H Club meetings, 4-Hers in grades 5-8 participated in NEED (National Energy Education Development) programming.
Seventh and eighth graders learned about the economics of the coal mining industry by participating in a mining simulation activity.
They also learned, “coal is an important source of energy in Tennessee with over half of the state’s electricity produced by coal-fired power plants,” as stated on www.need.org.
Fifth and sixth graders explored water-loving compounds, during which they created snow.
The NEED Project supports ENERGY STAR®’s 2010-11 Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR® Campaign. The goal is to encourage at least 2,000 individuals to take the pledge. As a leading pledge driver in the 2009-10 campaign, NEED teachers and students reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 54,083,565 pounds.
To sign the pledge today visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=globalwarming.showPledge&cpd_id=125!

Published in The Messenger 3.22.11

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