Teachers & Educators Training
The workshop, held in collaboration with Grenada Fund for Conservation and Education Conservation Outreach, trained 14 teachers and educators from Carriacou & Petite Martinique primary schools, 4H Club unit, NADMA, and Ministry of Carriacou & Petite Martinique Education Unit personnel to teach students how to study, appreciate and conserve the endemic and migratory birds of the Caribbean. The training was based on the BirdSleuth Caribbean manual, ‘Connecting Kids Through Birds’ (part of a larger BirdSleuth program developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology).
Informative Power Point presentations, interactive games and bird watch field trips to Petit Carenage Bird Sanctuary and Bayaleau Big Pond offered the participants challenging discussion material. At the end of the workshop they proposed follow-up activities to engage the students in bird conservation:
For endemic bird conservation - build and place bird houses in the schools of Carriacou and to plant trees in school yards to create shade and to attract more birds;
For migratory and endemic birds - protect their feeding and sheltering habitats by restoring the damaged red mangroves ecosystem in Petit Carenage.