Science Fair Project Inspired by Bird Banding Field Trip!

5th-grader Ana Saenz’s science fair project was inspired by Bandelier National Monument’s bird banding efforts!

Bandelier National Monument and PEEC have been partnering for almost 20 years to bring students on a field trip to a scientific bird-banding site at Bandelier. This year, because of the pandemic, we had to bring bird banding to the students via a virtual field trip experience.

In both the virtual and in-person bird-banding programs, students gain insight into the processes of field science and learn about a key method of collecting data for understanding our local and migratory bird populations.

This year, 5th-grader Ana Saenz took things a step further by analyzing a subset of Bandelier’s bird-banding data for her science fair project:

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Featured Volunteers: Ana and Olie Saenz

This past year PEEC piloted a new youth minor–mentor volunteer program. Ana (8) and Olie (5) were paired with some of our most experienced teen volunteers as a way to introduce volunteerism to the younger members of our community. 
Ana was the perfect candidate to headstart this program. For about six months during her kindergarten year, she started and ran a very informal nature-saving club at Chamisa elementary school. Every Monday at recess she would have meetings with other students to brainstorm ways to save nature. The main goals were to protect flowers and pick up trash around the playground. Her passion to help the environment was brought to the nature center and the minor–mentor program was born. Her younger brother Olie was keen to follow in her footsteps. We hope you enjoy reading about these two community members making a difference.

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