A DonorsChoose Teacher Speaks Out ..

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As of yesterday, an impoverished pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade classroom from PS111 in the Bronx, NYC, learned that they will be able to learn about birds and other local wildlife because you, Seed Media Group and Random House Publishers donated enough for them to fulfill their funding request to purchase binoculars for the kids to use. Thank you!
Of course, I will be sharing all updates with you that they and all “our classrooms” send during the upcoming school year.

Eye on Nature.
Dear GrrlScientist,
Thank you so much for your generous donation to my young scientists. My few well used binoculars are hard to share among groups of young students. I am thrilled to be able to give each young naturalist their own window on the world. We have been hiking in our next door urban park. It is a “Forever Wild” site with the most amazing migrating and local birds. Students are learning to “look up” into the canopy of our stately sweet gums, oaks and maples. We have seen blue jays and even what we think might be a scarlet tanager. Thank you for giving our young ones a tool not just for bringing nature closer but also for helping them focus and zero in on the beauty of their world. This is the first time I have ever requested anything for my students. I told them what I was doing. I can only imagine their excitement when I tell them the binoculars are on their way!!!!! Thank you!


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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