The other day, I watched a movie called The Big Year. It was a comedy with Steve Martin and Jack Black as the good guys and Owen Wilson as the antagonist. In the story, each of them was trying to complete and win a big year, which was to get the most bird species out of everyone else. It was amusing and inspirational in the way that it made me want to try a bird count on a smaller scale. And so I did, and at the end of my 15 minute bird count, I was happy that I had tried something new as well as that it had been really fun. I sat just outside my house, which is surrounded by woods and while my friend and neighbor, Madi, did her homework with me, I counted 7 different species and then tallied up how many of each I had seen. It was a rewarding experiment that broadened my experiences, even if it was just by a little bit.
Journal Entry by Sarah G., PA Bucktails Student and Assistant Team Leader,
photo by Brook M., PA Bucktails Student and Assistant Team Leader
The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to engage and empower high school age youth to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. The Academy is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations and is administered by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.