Young Birders Club and Golden-cheeked Warblers

On Sunday April 9, several Young Birder Club members and their friends were joined by the “First Lego League: Team Immortals” and Master Birder Sarah Jenevein at Travis Audubon’s Baker Sanctuary in hopes of seeing the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. First Lego League is an organization that challenges kids in over 80 countries to think like scientists and engineers. The theme of this year’s challenge is “Animal Allies.”  Team Immortals chose Golden-cheeked Warblers for their research project and are attempting to solve the species¹ diminishing nesting habitat dilemma by designing nest replicas and securing these nests in Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat.

The group met on a pleasant, but overcast morning at the Jackie Arnold Education Center and wildlife biologist Cindy Sperry discussed Golden-cheeked Warblers, their habitat, nests, and banding. Most of the young participants already knew a lot about Golden-cheeked Warblers and were very eager to show off their knowledge. The group then explored the trails in search of Golden-cheeked Warbler, and learned about Black-capped Vireos, cowbirds, cochineal insects, rock quarry formations, and a little history behind the Baker family and property. After concluding our hike and with Cindy¹s guidance, a few members of Team Immortals affixed several nest replicas in trees. These nests will be monitored for signs of activity and reported in their data collection.

For more information about First Lego League, please visit www.firstlegoleague.org. Team Immortals will compete in the FLL championships April 19-22; be sure to check out their team’s page www.immortals.rocks.

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