Published on November 27, 2018

Bird Study Gives Students a Science Boost

James Junda with Harwich 4

Fourth graders from the Harwich and Chatham Elementary Schools have been studying birds this fall. But not just for an hour, or even a day. They’ve been taking part in year-long a curriculum developed by Wellfleet Bay educators!

Over the course of an entire school year, students in the program participate in a combination of in-class lessons, actual field experience, and even a chance to watch bird researchers at work.

Wellfleet Bay School Programs Coordinator Spring Beckhorn says that, by focusing on birds, students gain initial insight into how animals function and interact with their habitats.

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Thank You

Each year, Wellfleet Bay provides classroom lessons and field investigations to nearly 2,100 students on the Outer Cape—and we couldn't do it without the support of some amazing donors and sponsors. Their gifts and grants allow us to continue researching and protecting the unique ecology and wildlife of Cape Cod while also educating children about their local environment with hands-on science programs. 

We'd like to thank the individuals, foundations, local businesses, and community organizations whose generous support made Wellfleet Bay's 2018 conservation and education programs possible:

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Brewster Conservation Trust
  • Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation Trust
  • Cape Cod Young Professionals
  • The Chatham Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation
  • Eversource Energy Foundation
  • Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
  • Harwich Conservation Trust
  • Mary-Louise Eddy and Ruth N. Eddy Foundation
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Massachusetts Environmental Trust
  • Robert B. Our Co., Inc.
  • Robert Verity Clem Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Tern Foundation
  • Tiger Baron Foundation
  • W. Vernon Whiteley, Inc.
  • Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting―SPAT
  • Women’s Club of Chatham, Inc.

And, of course, we'd like extend our deep gratitude to Wellfleet Bay's Leadership Friends members and all supporters of the sanctuary.