CAC Pacific Flyways
This branch of CAC offers an opportunity to study nature at
the front lines of conservation, and to give back by
promoting the preservation of wildlife in our own community. If
this sounds as good to you as it does to us, then try out for a
position on this year’s CAC team!
During the Canisius Spring Break (March
15-23), CAC will follow the migratory flyway of neotropical
birds. (At the same time, we will also parallel the
migration of grey whales.) Our travels will hug the
Pacific Coast of North America, from the US-Mexico border in San
Diego to the US-Canada border near Seattle. Our
studies will concentrate migratory species of birds, but will
also include numerous other aspects of three different
ecosystems as we encounter them.
Following our studies on the Pacific Coast,
the CAC team will return to the Western New York region, where we will teach middle
school children lesson pertaining to
North American bird migration and the importance of
the tropics in that process.
Program rehearsal: Over four Sundays in
April, the CAC team will rehearse scripts and prepare our
Program Delivery: For five days per week during the
period May 12-June 13, 2014, the CAC team will host groups of middle
school children at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR).
Our CAC program at INWR will consists of three parts:
- Power Birding along an elevated
boardwalk in the wetlands. This combines opportunistic bird
watching with scripted lessons about wetlands ecology.
- Picnic Lunch in which our CAC college
students serve as role models for the middle schoolers.
- Ecology Games in which the students
show their mastery over the lessons learned. These are fun
interactive games that lights up with smiling faces and
ACADEMIC CREDIT IN FALL 14
The CAC Flyway students will receive
academic credits (enrolled as ABEC490) in Fall 13.
All travel and training expenses
(including food) will be paid for by the CAC program.
Each participant will receive $500
following their five weeks of service at INWR.
All Canisius students are encouraged to apply.
This program is open to students from all
academic years and from all academic majors.
process involves the following three stages:
- Written applications involve the completion of short essays. The
application form can be assessed online by clicking
HERE. These written applications are due
no later than February 1, 2014.
- Live tryouts will take place during the
first week of
February. All applicants will participate in the live tryout
phase. This will
consist of delivering brief presentations, targeted toward
children, that convey lessons about wildlife and
- The CAC Flyways award announcements will be
made on February 11, 2014.
Six students will be
selected for this CAC project.