Curing Nature Deficit with Birds

Unlike children from earlier generations, today’s kids have little or no contact with the natural world.  Noted author and child advocacy expert Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe possible negative consequences to health and the social fabric as kids have moved indoors and away from contact with nature.  In his book, Last Child in the Woods, Louv cited research pointing to problems believed to be associated with this nature deficit:  obesity, depression, and less creativity.  The cure for nature-deficit disorder is obvious and simple.  Get kids out to enjoy the wonders of nature.

Saving Birds thru Habitat
has had a youth education component since our founding, but Director Kay Charter always yearned to reach out to an inner city school. For years, that was not possible because our nature center is nearly three hundred miles from Detroit. In 2013, Saving Birds member and retired educator Dave Watkins stepped forward to help develop and manage a program for Detroit inner city school Ronald Brown Academy.

This project doesn’t involve a single field trip; rather we “adopt” fourth grade students for several months. We do this at that magical time of year when millions of migratory birds sweep across North America on their way to breeding grounds. We take these students on several field trips to migratory hot spots like Ohio’s Magee Marsh where they see returning warblers, orioles and other species making their collective way to nesting territories. Before heading out for the first trip, Dave Watkins goes into the classroom to teach the kids how to use the field guides and binoculars we provide, and he educates them about bird conservation.

Praise for our program from Tina Brown, Principal of Ronald Brown Academy:

"The SBTH field trip program at RBA provides our urban students a chance to see and explore the outdoors in a positive way. Our students are exposed to meaningful learning that they would never be able to receive if it were not for this program.  I cannot thank the SBTH organization enough for the support they have given our school over the years and the positive impact they have made with our 4th grade students."

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The following is our budget for a single year for the Ronald Brown Academy.  Our goal is to underwrite the cost of the program for two years.  Help us achieve our goal of $9,110.  DONATE NOW to ensure the program begins its 5th year in the spring of 2018.


Charter bus to Magee Marsh:                                          $1000                                                                

School bus to Stoney Creek Metropark:                          350                                                                     

School bus to Huron Meadows Metropark:                   350                                                                  

Per student program fee at Metroparks:    
             $3 x 30 students x two parks                                        75                            

Safety green tee shirts:    
             $10/ea x 30 students                                                     300

Field guides to North American Birds:    
            $13.55 x 30 students                                                     480

Rooms for 10 expert leaders  
           $150 ea. inc. tax                                                              1500

Meals for 10 leaders      $50 ea.                                            500
  • Pamela Grassmick 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Jeff Kingery 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
  • Porter Abbott 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • William Barrons 
    • $25 
    • 44 mos
  • Dave's Garage 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
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Kay Charter 
Omena, MI
Saving Birds Thru Habitat 
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