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SERC Home School & Anne Arundel Bird Club (AABC) Duck Stamp Contest

The Junior Duck Stamp program was developed by the US fish and Wildlife Service to encourage waterfowl conservation and education. Students paint, draw, colors, and design a picture for a  stamp, to be published, by the US FWS which is then sold to raise funds for waterfowl conservation. We’re  hosting a smaller contest, locally, to encourage students to participate!

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SERC Home School students (former and future) grades K-12 are invited to enter  the SERC Home School and Anne Arundel Bird Club Duck Stamp      Contest.  Participants should follow the official rules for the Junior Duck Stamp Competition hosted by  the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm#GeneralInformation

Entries for the SERC and MOS contest should be submitted no later than 1/5/2014. Entries may also be submitted (regardless of winning our contest) to the US Fish and Wildlife Service competition too! The winner of the SERC/MOS competition will receive one free year of membership to the Maryland Ornithological Society and a backpack of birding supplies (backpack, binoculars, book, lists, etc.).

To enter send your entries to SERC c/o Karen McDonald, PO Box 28 Edgewater, MD 21037.

FREE LESSON PLANS!

Parents, there is a full set of curriculum online for parents/teachers and a  comprehensive guide for youth on the US FWS website at:  http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/curriculum.html 

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I’ve had quite a few questions about the Project Noah website and entering data. There are two ways to participate:

1. Home Schoolers Not in the Wildlife Biology Block

Step 1: Go to the Project Noah website: http://www.projectnoah.org/

Step 2: Click on the button that says “Join Project Noah”. You can join either with G-mail, Yahoo, FB, or another e-mail of your choosing.

Step 3: Once you join you’ll create your profile.

Step 4: After you’ve joined you need to join a mission or missions. The one for SERC is the “Wildlife of SERC” here’s a link to this particular mission-http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/35153002.

NOTE: You can join as many missions as you like, local or global. For each sighting or picture that you put into Noah you can assign the image to up to 5 different missions.

Step 5: Add as many pictures as you can, by submitting sightings (there’s a green button on your home page). You will earn virtual patches for your spottings.

2. Home Schoolers in the Wildlife Biology Block

NOTE: Digital cameras are not required for class, but students are welcome to bring them, or their phones, if they wish to take pictures. I’ll be adding pictures that I take the Project Noah website for everyone regardless. This is just a fun way to add technology in being outdoors, and participate in a global data gathering mission.

Step 1: Go to the Project Noah website specifically for our classes: http://www.projectnoah.org/students

Step 2: Each student will have their own unique log in, with the same password. I will send you a username and password via e-mail shortly. NOTE: The user account you sign up for can also be used for other missions besides just the class mission. The class mission is only for US! No one else can join, but you can join many other public missions and earn virtual patches.

Step 3: Once you join you’ll create your profile. There’s a link under the empty picture of you that says “settings”, that’s where you create your profile.

Step 4: Add as many pictures as you can, by submitting sightings (there’s a green button on your home page).  For each sighting or picture that you put into Noah you can assign the image to up to 5 different missions.

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