Junior Birder Program

13th Annual Junior Birder Program

Over the  years, the Junior Birder program has inspired hundreds of youth and their families to get outside and learn the basics of birding. New Junior Birders can earn their badge and returning Junior Birders can win great prizes by participating in the Festival.  Look for the many family-friendly birding events throughout the weekend, noted with the Junior Birder icon. FOR KIDS AGES 5-15.

This year the Junior Birder program will be a little different!  Most activities will be offered virtually, but there are plenty of opportunities to get outside with your family and we are encouraging all Junior Birders to incorporate a walk or other outside activity into completion of their badge requirements.  This year we are introducing a “friend” to take with you as you explore more about birds in Kachemak Bay – Flat Ruddy Bird (just like a Flat Stanley)!


Download Flat Ruddy Bird, color it and take it with you on your adventures, documenting through photos!

Click on this link to upload photos to a Jr Birder Google Drive

If you signed up for the Jr Birder program, you will also receive a special link to our Jr. Birder Flipgrid site where you can tell us all about your experiences and share more. If you do not receive an email with a link please contact Beth Trowbridge: beth@akcoastalstudies.org

We will share these at our Awards Ceremony on Sunday!

Click on your Junior Birder Level to download the Junior Birder Badge Requirements.  You can also pick up your Junior Birder Notebook, or any other hard copies of materials, at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (708 Smokey Bay Way) any time 9-5pm.

We have modified some of the requirements to reflect the virtual nature of this year’s festival.

Junior Birder Badge Requirements:

1st Year Junior Birder

2nd Year Junior Birder

3rd Year Junior Birder

4th Year Junior Birder

5th Year Junior Birder

6th Year Junior Birder

7th Year Junior Birder

Junior Birder Activity Packet

First time Junior Birders must attend the Virtual Birding Discovery Lab to learn the basics of birding.

Awesome Shorebird Activity Booklet

 

 

 

More Virtual Discovery Lab Worksheets:

Trivia Hunt

Tufted Puffin Craft Template & Instructions

Other Jr. Birder Activities

Pre-K Puffin Story Hour Craft Template Link

Live Virtual Fabulous Feathers Worksheet

Finally, all Junior Birders are encouraged to attend the Junior Birder Badge Virtual Awards Ceremony (link will be found here) May 9th. To participate in the awards ceremony, bring completed notebooks to the CACS building or upload your checklist by 10am Sunday May 9th.

Jr Bird Badge

Can’t make the awards ceremony?

Can’t make the awards ceremony? Mail completed notebooks to: Kendra Bush, AK Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

95 Sterling Hwy. Suite #1, Homer, AK 99603 *Provide contact information for us to mail prizes to.

**Family-friendly events are customized for families and are offered throughout the Festival. Junior Birders can attend whatever field events (walks/stations) work best for their family’s schedule or can do outdoor activities with friends or family.

Jr Birder Requirements:

1st Year Junior Birders:

  • Attend the Virtual Junior Birder Discovery Lab.
  • Attend a bird walk, a birding station OR a birding workshop during the festival. Provide a picture of you participating in the event with your Flat Ruddy Bird.
  • Complete  TWO other activities of your choice found in your Festival Jr. Birder packet.

2nd Year Junior Birders:

You must have at least TWO facts OR one drawing/ sketch of what you learned from each station recorded within your notebook!

  • Attend a bird walk during the festival or take a birding walk of your own. Upload picture of yourself on the walk with your “Flat Ruddy”.
  • Attend a Birding Station OR a Birding workshop during the festival.
  • Attend at least ONE other Shorebird Festival activity of your choice. Upload picture of yourself participating with your “Flat Ruddy”

3rd Year Junior Birders:

You must have at least TWO facts AND one drawing/ sketch of what you learned from each station recorded within your notebook!

  • Attend a bird walk during the festival or take a birding walk of your own. Upload picture of yourself on the walk with your “Flat Ruddy”.
  • Attend a Birding Station OR a Birding workshop during the festival.
  • Attend at least ONE other Shorebird Festival activity of your choice. Upload picture of yourself participating with your “Flat Ruddy”

4th Year Junior Birders:

You must have at least TWO facts AND one drawing/ sketch of what you learned from each station recorded within your notebook!

  • Attend a bird walk during the festival or take a birding walk of your own. Upload picture of yourself on the walk with your “Flat Ruddy”.
  • Attend a Birding Station OR a Birding workshop during the festival.
  • Attend at least ONE other Shorebird Festival activity of your choice. Upload picture of yourself participating with your “Flat Ruddy”
  • Draw or paint your favorite bird seen during the festival.

5th Year Junior Birders:

You must have at least THREE facts AND one drawing/ sketch of what you learned from each station recorded within your notebook!

  • Attend a bird walk during the festival or take a birding walk of your own. Upload picture of yourself on the walk with your “Flat Ruddy”.
  • Attend a Birding Station OR a Birding workshop during the festival.
  • Attend at least ONE other Shorebird Festival activity of your choice. Upload picture of yourself participating with your “Flat Ruddy”
  • Draw or paint your favorite bird seen during the festival.

6th Year Junior Birders:

You must have at least THREE facts AND one drawing/ sketch of what you learned from each station recorded within your notebook!

  • Attend a bird walk during the festival or take a birding walk of your own. Upload picture of yourself on the walk with your “Flat Ruddy”.
  • “Attend” an “adult” bird presentation.
  • Attend a Birding Station OR a Birding workshop during the festival.
  • Attend at least ONE other Shorebird Festival activity of your choice. Upload picture of yourself participating with your “Flat Ruddy”

7th Year Junior Birders:

You must have at least THREE facts AND one drawing/ sketch of what you learned from each station recorded within your notebook!

  • Attend a bird walk during the festival or take a birding walk of your own. Upload picture of yourself on the walk with your “Flat Ruddy”.
  • “Attend” an “adult” bird presentation.
  • Accompany a researcher/ volunteer on one shorebird monitoring survey. Complete a journal entry within the note pages of your Jr. Birder Notebook reflecting on your monitoring experience, including a question that you have or a further investigation you would like to do as a result of your experience.
  • Attend a Birding Station OR a Birding workshop during the festival.

 

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