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English Classes Welcome Atlanta Audubon Society Speaker
November 13th, 2013
As a part of their studies, Mrs. Jan Collier’s freshman English classes have been reading The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip M. Hoose. To enhance their learning experience, Mrs. Collier invited a speaker from the Atlanta Audubon Society to address the students and speak about Georgia’s threatened species.
The book describes the dramatic story of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and those who tried to save it from extinction in one of the first great conservation efforts in U.S. history. The story spans over a two hundred year period and includes information
on people who tried to possess, paint, shoot and even sell the bird. Throughout the book, the author introduces famous bird collectors, scientists and artists, such as Mr. John James Audubon.
Students welcomed Ms. Roseanne Guerra, Interim Education Coordinator with the Atlanta Audubon Society to campus November 12 and listened as she discussed the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and numerous other threatened species local to our area. Ms. Guerra explained how birds have the ability to adapt to changes that humans make in their surroundings well and the importance of gathering data and researching our current bird populations. She offered several opportunities for the students to get involved with true hands-on experience in the field.
In addition to the book, students have also created tile collages of endangered Georgia birds and will continue their studies with a “thneed” project from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax for their final semester presentations.