Daily Archives: February 23, 2017

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: What Is a Nature Center?

Last week Bergen Audubon partnered with a local middle school for the annual “Great Backyard Bird Count.”  BCAS has been working with the local schools in our area on the GBBC for about 10 years now, often having much more fun than our young students ever could.

At the conclusion of the day as we always do, we recommended that the students and their familiesshould go out to a local park or nature center and count the birds and enjoy nature together, which we have always tried to have be the ultimate goal of introducing our school children to the birds and birding.

As we ended the program after a full day of pointing out Juncos, Mourning Doves and Coopers hawks we asked everyone if there were any questions. A nice young man quickly raised his hand and asked “What is a nature center?”

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