Join BEN at Jekyll
Bird Conservation through Education: A National Gathering
22-26 February 2009
Bird Education Blog (BEB) Committee, Council for Environmental
Education (CEE), and Flying WILD will host the 2009 National
Gathering for bird educators at Jekyll Island, Georgia, "Bird
Conservation through Education." (Click
here to download a copy of the registration packet.)
The very first National Gathering: Bird
Conservation through Education, held in February 2007 in Austin,
Texas, was such a great success that this 2009 follow-up event
has been planned.
details on the 2007 Gathering click
The next National Gathering will be held at the Jekyll Island
Club Hotel on Jekyll Island, located along the Georgia's
Colonial Coast Birding Trail.
The event will start
on the evening of Sunday, 22 February and end on the morning
of Thursday, 26 February.
conference is open to anyone with an interest in bird education
and conservation efforts, including directors, administrators,
and educators from federal, state, and local government agencies,
conservation organizations, zoos/aquariums, bird-related businesses,
universities, K-12 schools, nature centers, Audubon centers,
bird clubs, other NGOs, and related non-profit groups.
Speakers: Throughout the conference there will be
a diverse group of guest speakers, including Kenn and Kim
Kaufman ("Working Toward a Bird Literate Society"),
Audrey Peterman ( "Creating Dynamic Relationships with
Diverse Audiences"), David Waller ("Lessons to Share
on Bird Conservation, Wildlife Education Funding, and Building
Coalitions"), and Donald and Lillian Stokes ("Reaching
and Motivating the Public with Important Bird Messages").
Sessions: An assortment of topics during three
sets of Concurrent Sessions will consist of individual presentations
or panel discussions. Sessions presently are expected
to include such subjects as: connecting families to nature,
urban-based bird education, climate change and birds, marketing
your bird education program, evaluating bird education efforts,
promoting best practices, Flying WILD advances, Inter-American
bird education, and education/communications needs.
the Concurrent Sessions develop, information will be posted
here with details.
addition, there will be two very important participatory programs
where we can all share our bird education experiences and
Education Round Robin: This will be a series of fifteen,
short (five minute) presentations on unique bird education
ideas, programs, or "tips & tricks." What
has "worked" for you? You are asked to sign up on
the Registration Form to request a slot for your Round Robin
Sharing. There is limited space, but we want to hear from
Share Fair: This will be an opportunity to showcase
and share great things happening in bird education at your
organization or in your community. Each project will be provided
table space to describe its efforts to the circulating participants.
Teachers, for example, will find an abundance of take-home
ideas for incorporating birds into the classroom. Again, you
can sign up on the Registration Form if you are willing to
lead an idea-session during the Bird Educator's Share Fair.
these two events approach capacity, information will be posted
on this page with details.
There are modest separate fees for each of the field sessions
on Tuesday and Wednesday. Check the Registration Packet for
individual descriptions. Pre-registration is required. All
field sessions will be available until spaces fill. All participants
in these sessions should bring appropriated birding gear and
Packet: For a Registration Packet you can click
here, but below you will find a summary of the Gathering
at a glance. Be aware that the packet has a Registration Form,
and that the cost for the Gathering includes all meals beginning
with Monday morning breakfast, on the 23rd, through Thursday
morning breakfast, on the 26th. (Field Sessions costs for
Tuesday and Wednesday are dealt with separately from
the registration fee.) Early registration (before 15 December)
will be $295 per person, $350 thereafter. (There are also
daily registration fees for individuals, including an attractive
special fee for classroom teachers on Wednesday, 22 February.
See the Registration Packet for details.)
The tentative agenda
Reaching and Motivating the Public with Critical Bird Messages,
Don and Lillian Stokes
Creating Dynamic Relationships with Diverse Audiences, Audrey
Working Toward a Bird Literate Society, Kenn and Kim Kaufman
Creating Birder Friendly Sites with an Education Emphasis,
Dwight Cooley and Kenn Kaufman
Lessons to Share on Bird Conservation, Willdife Education
and Building Coalitions, David Waller
Federal Agency Panel Discussion: Partnerships for Bird Education
Youth Birding Initiatives Panel Discussion: Encouraging
Youth Participation in Bird Conservation
Educating about the Impact of Climate Change on Birds
Education as a Tool for Conservation: On the Ground Success
Connecting Families to Nature
Avian Academics: Using Birds to Teach the Standards
Evaluating Your Bird Education Efforts
Developing Best Practices for Bird Education
Partners in Flight Needs Assessment: Implications for Education
Bird Education and the Hunting Community
Flying WILD: Expanding Capacity for Bird Education
Marketing Lessons for Your Bird Education Program
A Matrix Model for Regional Bird Conservation and Education
Fundraising for Your Bird Education Efforts (this is a pending
Bird Education Activity Demonstrations (45 minutes each
during Concurrent Session Track)
(We have added one session to each concurrent session track
that will provide training in select bird education actvities.
This and the Bird Educator's Share Fair is in response to
requests to have more hands-on bird education activities featured
and available for take-home).
We will also be hosting a Lunch Roundtable during one lunch
period in which participants will be invited to host a Roundtable
Discussion. Proposed roundtables include the following topics
and we invite you to contact us if you would like to lead
or co-lead a discussion group on any of these or other topics
(signs will be visible to indicate table topics):
Bird Education and Technology
Bird Education for Senior Citizens
Partnering with Business
Inter American Bird Education
Promoting the Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp
Funding Your Bird Education Efforts
Bird Education in the Teen Years
Working with University Pre-Service Programs
Involving Diverse Audiences in Bird Education
Eco-Tourism and Bird Education
Bird Education in the Early Childhood Years
WILD City Partners will find a special pre-conference training
event (on Saturday February 21st) designed to enhance local
efforts with Flying WILD.
closest airports are in Jacksonville, FL, one hour south,
and in Savannah, GA, one and a half hours north. Major airlines
service both airports, with Jacksonville the preferred stop
for our Gathering. Options on transportation from the airports
to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel can be found in the Registration
AT THE JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB HOTEL
Lodging rates at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel are $119 for
single and $140 for double rooms. Reservations will be accepted
on a first-come, first-served basis. More details on
the facilities can be found by clicking
The Jekyll Island Club
Hotel is now accepting reservations for the National Gathering.
To make your reservation please call the Jekyll Island Club
Hotel at (800) 535-9547. Be sure to use our Group Number,
#3208 and reference the Council for Environmental Education.
regarding sponsorship opportunities click
here or to download our donation form click
asked to contribute items for the Silent Auction on Tuesday
night. Details are to be found on the Registration Form.
THANKYOU TO ALL
OF OUR EARLY CONFERENCE SPONSORS!
- Barbara Price, CEE President
- Coastal Georgia Audubon Society
- Environmental Education and Training Partnership
- Friends of Jeanne Fossani
- Georgia Ornithological Society
- Jekyll Island State Park Authority
- Kaytee Avian Foundation
- National Wildlife Refuge System
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- Wild Bird Centers of America, Inc.
Other conference specifics will be updated on this page
as the information becomes available.