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“We are ALL responsible for our environment”

IBRRC proposes building education center in Fairfield, CA

IBRRC has many educational goals including primary goals of building an education complex for classes to provide various programs for grades K-12, and to provide intern housing for the San Francisco Bay area Center. The education classrooms will provide for all grade levels and an outreach program, and intern housing will provide more opportunities for visiting veterinarians and student rehabilitators from all around the world. IBRRC´s primary emphasis and end goal is to promote personal responsibility for our natural environment. In other words, we want you to become a steward of the environment.

A high percentage of the animals we treat are in one way or another harmed as a result of our impact on them or their environment. Most of this is avoidable when we take responsibility for our own personal actions. One of the ways in which we plan to promote our various education programs and educate people is by bringing them to our Centers. Our plan is to develop education opportunities using indoor and outdoor classrooms at our proposed Education Complex at our Fairfield site, the San Francisco Bay area Center. With our supporters´ donations we will be able to move forward from our current planning stage to a firm foundation in breaking ground for our education program and facilities.

We know that education is the key if we are to preserve the planet and reduce our impact to the animals and the environment. The future generations educated through our programs will learn to understand and appreciate that each individual is important in making a difference in the world.

Internships

We plan on including a variety of uses to our education buildings. Living quarters will provide much needed intern housing to allow the Center(s) to provide additional education opportunities to students from the United States and other countries. Our foreign interns return to their own country to put IBRRC’s rehabilitation techniques into practice. This supports our overall goal of building local capabilities in vulnerable areas throughout the world. (Interns from around the world can apply for our intern program. See: Internship program)

IBRRC now holds trainings throughout California.

Grades K-12

Classrooms that are specially designed and equipped will be included for students and teachers. Programs will include everything from basic avian concepts such as flight, feather structure, water proofing, and migration patterns to help students gain a rudimentary understanding of the physiology to the and behavior of birds in general. In order to provide the birds with as little human contact as possible, cameras are placed in strategic locations and positioned so that students can view birds being rehabilitated from monitors in the Classroom and public areas.

Cameras are crucial and will help to tell the story without stressing the animals any further while providing the children a unique opportunity to view Cameras are crucial and will help to tell the story without stressing the animals any further while providing the children a unique opportunity to view pelicans, cormorants, murres, loons, egrets, herons, ducks, geese and multiple other aquatic birds in rehabilitation pools and aviaries. For a true question and answer session, headsets with microphones will enable students to talk to the wildlife professionals during video examinations of the birds. Our Southern California bird center is currently using these successful techniques working in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District providing education to over 10,000 school children each year.

Baby Pied bill grebes

Volunteers

We have volunteers, retired school teachers, who have expressed an interest in traveling to schools, boy and girl scout troops, etc., to give presentations on wildlife and acting responsibly about the environment. See: Volunteer program

Grades K-3

We are developing a coloring book about a pelican and a murre in a storybook format. The children will be asked by the teachers to take the book home, read it with and have their parents sign the book, providing the children discussion time with their parents about what they’ve read. Children can talk in class about what they learned from the book and stories their parents shared. The theme will focus on the two birds, their habits and habitats. The story will tell children what they can do to help the environment such as how to encourage their family to properly dispose of fishing lines, hooks, and plastics that are so dangerous to animals.

Grades 4-8

IBRRC will have a series of education programs geared to attract and hold the interest of children in grades four to eight. And example would be learning about the Salton Sea – the fastest boating water in the United States and an environmental “hot spot” for birds that IBRRC is involved with. Teachers will be sent education literature for presentations to their students.

Grades 9-12

Working in concert with school counselors and science teachers, we will develop programs to present career options in the environmental field. The students will be able to visit the Centers to learn through the classroom and by observation some career potentials such as a wildlife biologist, veterinarian, and rehabilitator for animal welfare. Our program and staff will present options for a potential career in the field of conservation, and how they can make a difference in the world.

Inner City Students

peli pen

Pelican aviary at San Pedro bird care center

IBRRC will work with the inner city school districts for bus trips to the Centers for presentations on animals and their habitats. The students will be able to see the animals over the monitors for a new experience in learning about the wonderful wildlife in and around such large cities as San Francisco and Los Angeles. A window to what’s going on in their own backyard to inspire education and protection of the environment! Parents will be invited to attend also.

Hispanic Program

We are developing a program for children and their families for the large Hispanic population in California. The theme will surround types of wildlife and habitats in the area, the importance of the environment to their everyday life, and some of the small things everyone can do to protect the wildlife. In order to have as large of an outreach as possible, the program will be presented in both English and Spanish.

Final note

All of our programs will contain materials for students to learn about wildlife, its habits and habitat. And we are taking that more than one step further. We want to reach out with the message that EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT. Picking up trash is so important, but more can be done such as picking up plastics and fishing lines and hooks and disposing of them properly which is so easy to do. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of birds die each year due to monofilament fishing line and hooks that could have been properly disposed of easily – just as easily as recycling soda cans, newspaper and magazines.

Please join our organization by donating to support our Education Programs.

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