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The tree doesn’t grow far from the fallen apple

July 3, 2009

If you’re a regular reader to my blog, you no doubt know that my dad is a birder. If you’re a really regular reader you might even know that he has a blog, called Conservation Conversations, at which he writes about birding and environmental education. And if you’re some sort of stalker you might know that recently he directed an environmental leadership camp out in the Missouri hills, funded by a grant from Toyota and the National Audubon Society’s Together Green program, in conjunction with the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Missouri State University, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Last week, a group of 16 high school students from southwest Missouri got together for a week of environmental activism in the form of stream cleanups, bird banding, and habitat restoration at GLADE, the Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems. Not only was it a great opportunity to get lots of like-minded kids out in the woods to enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks, but they were able to do some real good, planting stands of Giant Cane in the Mincy Conservation Area in the hopes that someday it will host Swainson’s Warblers, an species largely extirpated from the state.

My dad, who has a long career in science and environmental education, came out of the experience as enthusiastic as I’ve ever seen him, not only throwing up a few posts on his blog about the experience, but getting the attention of the local media who have given this little initiative some press. Hopefully, it will catch on!

Anyway for more of the lowdown and to feel really inspired about the state of young people doing good things about the environment, check out my dad’s blog and the posts The GLADE Model, a Bird in the Hand (about bird banding), and The Power of Flight. It’s good stuff, and we all need a little good news every once in a while, right?

  1. Jochen permalink
    July 3, 2009 8:50 am

    Right, so I'm some sort of stalker, ey?

  2. Nate permalink
    July 3, 2009 9:00 am

    I would use the term "blog enthusiast"…

    Besides, you're over in Germany, I've got nothing to worry about. : )

  3. Jochen permalink
    July 3, 2009 9:48 am

    Oh, I wouldn't be so sure, we have quite vicious anti-stalking laws


  4. Greg permalink
    July 3, 2009 10:04 am

    Thanks for the plug! You're right. I'm as excited about this as anything I've done in environmental education. I belive that it's a model of habitat restoration and environmental leadership training that works. I hope the idea catches on.

  5. Jochen permalink
    July 6, 2009 2:56 am

    [my previous comment continued so it makes sense]

    … so I might have to go abroad in search of stalking grounds.

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