The Canisius College Ambassadors for Conservation

(CAC)

 

Information for NWR Friends Groups

 
KEY ELEMENTS OF CAC PROGRAM AT IROQUOIS NWR

1.  Suitable field site
        - ecologically rich
        - charismatic element
        - near large population 
        - middle school accessible
2.  Choosing select college students
        - motivated by exciting travel, prestige, stipend
3.  Extensive training
        - in wetlands and forest ecology
        - in birding
4.  Infrastructure/staff for school recruitment
        - labor intensive (wide advertisement / low return)
5.  Exciting/flexible script for field lessons
        - friendly birding competition 
        - overt coaching for upcoming contest
6.  Ecology based games
        - pictionary and jeopardy style (somewhat boisterous)

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Info: Michael Noonan, PhD, Canisius College , 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208                                                                             noonan@canisius.edu