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    You can read more about it here. Dd has always been obsessed with hummingbirds. She picked them to be her 'spirit animal' when she was three. Four years ago, she wanted to know more than I knew about them. We reached out to Rocky Point Bird Observatory... Four years later, I have a federal banding permit and we monitor three feeding stations with a fantastic group of volunteers that we recruited. In our area, they are specifically looking at species distribution and foraging stratification, but the data sheet is extensive. I think all the data gets used, but I'm not sure who is studying what. I know that the home range for the black-chinned is extending further north each year - we might even get some up near us by 2020! The local historic site will be our newest station this year. If all goes well, they may use it as an advertised weekly event to pull in the tourists.

    It is a great example of how far an eight year old's "I wonder..." can take you. Or, how far it can take a whole community!
    This sounds absolutely amazing. We're very much a birding family, so I find this particularly fascinating.
    Homeschooling DD (7), my cat-loving, imaginative nature girl.

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    Hi there! This is my first post, and I must say, this topic is the perfect way to introduce myself and my family. We live in a tiny house on 5 acres of mostly forested raw land on the Texas Coast. We own a sustainable landscape business and native plant nursery. Our personal and professional lives are guided by Nature and its processes. Therefore, I guess I sort-of "channel" Mother Nature in every aspect of homeschooling, as well. We learn about gardening and home food production; growing native plants to sustain wildlife; rainwater harvesting; solar power generation and storage; Nature-inspired art and literature; and so much more. We walk our trails with our two dogs several times per day and spend as much time on nearby beaches as possible. We have DVDs but no TV, but we do use our other "screens" to connect with new ideas, new information, around the globe.

    Today we will be planting blue potatoes in our newest garden space. Tomorrow we will count (math!) and groom plants (marketing!) for our public plant sale on Saturday (entrepreneurial experiences!)

    Sage (who is reading over my should as I type) and I are over-the-moon excited to have found this website. Looking forward to getting to know you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonyMs View Post
    You can read more about it here. Dd has always been obsessed with hummingbirds. She picked them to be her 'spirit animal' when she was three. Four years ago, she wanted to know more than I knew about them. We reached out to Rocky Point Bird Observatory... Four years later, I have a federal banding permit and we monitor three feeding stations with a fantastic group of volunteers that we recruited. In our area, they are specifically looking at species distribution and foraging stratification, but the data sheet is extensive. I think all the data gets used, but I'm not sure who is studying what. I know that the home range for the black-chinned is extending further north each year - we might even get some up near us by 2020! The local historic site will be our newest station this year. If all goes well, they may use it as an advertised weekly event to pull in the tourists.

    It is a great example of how far an eight year old's "I wonder..." can take you. Or, how far it can take a whole community!
    Okay, this is the journalist in my background talking, so forgive me. But every bit of that sounds like the outline of an amazingly good news story. If I were you, I'd pitch it to your local/regional newspaper. You've got kiddo's passion + cool and worthy cause + science element + potential for community involvement. Newspaper goldmine. LOL

    THANKS for giving more background. I'm gonna look into that site myself because we have quite a lot of hummingbird activity near us.


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