Marystown students versed in ducks
Ducks Unlimited makes presentation to Sacred Heart Academy students
It was a chilly morning for Grade Four and Five students from Sacred Heart Academy as they met at Jane’s Pond in Marystown to learn more about the world of wildlife that surrounded them.
Sarah Wilkins, summer nature interpreter with Ducks Unlimited Canada, said a number of topics were covered during the event held on Wednesday, May 30.
“We talked about how to tell the difference between male and female birds, how to use binoculars and the safest way to use them,” she said. “We also talked about habitats. . . (and) talked to the kids about what biomes are.”
The students also learned about other types of birds and water fowl in Canada.
Wilkins said students were interested in learning about wetlands, and were eager to share any knowledge they knew on the topic.
“A lot of them already know what bogs are, marshes and ponds,” she said. “They get really excited when you talk about swamps and what types of animals live in swamps.”
While some of the activities were listening-based, students also had an opportunity to do some hands-on learning, such as collecting examples of invertebrates from the pond so that they could be identified.
Wilkins also used games to show students how bats locate food.
Grade 4 student Brooklyn Rogers especially enjoyed the echolocation game, where one student pretends to be a bat and another pretends to be a moth. The student picked to be the bat had to close their eyes and try and find the other student just by following the other students voice.
“That was really fun — it reminded me of Marco Polo,” she said.
Wilkins said students retain a lot of information through games and activities.
“I think it’s a good way to retain it, they always remember the games, it’s like sneaky teaching,” she said.
Brooklyn enjoyed the Ducks Unlimited presentation. She learned a lot about ducks and what they eat at Jane’s Pond.
“I just thought they ate little tiny baby fish, but apparently they eat way more,” she shared with The Southern Gazette.
Sarah Wilkins of Ducks Unlimited Canada showed students an example of an invertebrate during a presentation held at Jane’s Pond on Wednesday, May 30.
Shantel Byrne closely inspected her net to see if there are any small bugs hiding in the water.