Audubon Dakota engages people direclty with nature. In the Fall of 2015, our office led a variety of nature focused events throughout North Dakota. Sanctuary volunteers helped clear fence lines for rotational grazing cells at our Edward M. Brigham III Alkali Lake Sanctuary, learning along the way why rotational grazing is important. At the Urban Woods and Prairies (UWP) site, Forest River, Audubon Dakota hosted Xcel Energy's Day of Service when volunteers helped removed invasive woody species learning why these species are undesirable. The UWP Initiative requires developing community wide understanding to ensure it's success and progression through the years. Therefore, Audubon Dakota must also engage ourselves in direct outreach at public events, such as the Nonprofit Day at Fargo's West Acres Mall where staff and volunteers promoted the Initiative and guaged public interests.
Our office also focuses much of our efforts on environmental education. We have provided birding tours for Fargo 7th and 8th graders, prairie pollinator presentations to Minnesota 6th graders, and nature walks to teach students about the importance of native vegetation to birds and other wildlife. In 2015 alone, Audubon Dakota engaged with and educated almost 1,300 students and community members! In 2016 and 2017, we strive to engage at least 3,000 people with educational events and the introduction of our Urban Stewardship Program.
We hope our own personal enthusiasm for nature and its critters - for native prairie, the birds, insects and other wildlife, prompts eagerness to learn about and engage with our great world!