Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Citizen science a push of this year's bird festival


Dan Rudy / Wrangell Sentinel

A tree of migratory bird sculptures Ms. Wilson's first grade class assembled from navigational charts adorns one of the Nolan Center's meeting rooms during the Stikine River Birding Festival last weekend, one of several displays put on by students. Through the preceding week visiting artist Evon Zerbetz assisted all the grades at Evergreen Elementary School, in addition to leading an adult linocut class in the evenings. A children's book illustrator as well, Zerbetz has offered to donate 20 percent of all sales on her website at www.evonzerbetz.com that originate from Wrangell to the local school, through May 11. Any funds received would go toward special student assemblies and events.

At last week's 21st annual Stikine River Birding Festival, increasing public involvement in conservation efforts was a strong theme.

The festival's focus always centers around the diverse bird species found around Wrangell and the Stikine River, highlighting different ways for residents and visitors alike to understand and enjoy them. From birdwatching to outdoor photography, using them thematic in the arts or enticing birds to backyards with self-built houses and feeders, the birding festival encourages a wide array of activities.

One of the themes this year was citizen science, a means of...

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