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BCAS Teen Birding Camp Scholarships Boulder County Audubon is offering full scholarships to two summer ornithology camps for Boulder County area students:  Hog Island Maine Birding Camp and American Birding Association Camp Colorado Birding Camp . Learn more about the Summer Audubon Camps.

Boulder County Audubon Teen Naturalists Boulder County Audubon’s teen naturalist program offers middle and high school students the opportunity to explore many facets of the natural world and their interactions.  The group participates in wildlife surveys (birds, bats, butterflies, etc.), bioblitzes, nature photography workshops, and other outdoor activities. For more information, view the Teen Naturalist page.

How to Attract Birds to Your Garden If you want to make your garden attractive to birds, there are four resources that are essential that any habitat must supply for them: Food, Water, Shelter and Cover, and Nesting Sites. Read Mary Balzer’s article about these essential resources for attracting birds to your Boulder County garden.

IMG_1887“Prairie Saga” Puppet Show

The short grass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems. Our 40 minute presentation, including Puppet Show and interactive Q & A game, takes you through a day in the Prairie Dog Colony. Maureen Lawry, the presenter, is the recipient of the Audubon Society’s “Outstanding Environmental Educator” award for this program.     (Right, Tatanka the bison and Petey both discover they are vegans! Photo by Dale Ball.)

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  • Did you know that the prairie dog has the most sophisticated language of any mammal studied besides humans?
  • Or that prairie dogs have a complex burrow system that includes many rooms and escape tunnels?
  • The kids learn that the Prairie Dog is a keystone species and 160 species depend on it for their survival.
  • Snakes, reptiles, insects, birds, mammals and, of course, the prairie dog tell us about themselves in a fun and entertaining show.
  • The Prairie Dog is the keystone species of the short grass prairie.

The show has been shown for seven years in three states. It has been performed in the Badlands and Bryce National Parks, The Denver Zoo, the CU Museum of Natural History, schools, and libraries across the state.

 Our presentation is available to grade school age kids in Boulder County and Beyond.

puppet3Life in the burrow is shown through shadow puppets, so the stage needs to be indoors and is more effective in a darkened room.

Space Requirements: The stage is 8′ tall and 5’x5′ wide/deep.

To book a show or ask questions, contact: maureenlawry303@gmail.com

  • The program reinforces vocabulary and concepts that are taught in the third grade science curriculum dealing with the prairie ecosystem.
  • Also, the program supports art and literacy standards.
  • Everyone receives an amazing workbook from the Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society with fun games and exercises to reinforce the show.

Please consider having us visit your group to put on this delightful “Prairie Saga” Puppet Show.

FB   Petey has a Facebook page!

What they are saying about the Puppet Show:

A few weeks ago, we hosted a puppet show with world-renowned puppet mistress Maureen Lawry. She performed THE PRAIRIE SAGA, featuring Petey the Prairie Dog. Participants learned about just how important the prairie ecosystem is. The puppet show was so successful, we hope to schedule a few more.
— Steve Mertz, Open Space Mountain Parks, Boulder, CO

Before watching the PRAIRIE SAGA puppet show at the zoo, I thought prairie dogs only caused plagues and should be eliminated. The show taught me about the colony. I was fascinated to learn that they have bathrooms in their burrows, a complex communication system and escape tunnels. This show enables me to teach first and second graders about the prairie dog and its importance as a keystone species in the prairie ecosystem.
— M.S., a Denver Spellbinder (storyteller)

Audubon’s educational puppet show, The Prairie Saga, tells the white-tailed prairie dog story in an educational and fun way that clearly demonstrates the critical role this species plays in maintaining the health of our native grasslands. (more …)
— Andrea West, Development Director, Center for Native Ecosystems

The prairie dog puppet show was entertaining and educational for all ages! (more …)
— Alison Shoup, Park Ranger, Volunteer Program Manager, Badlands National Park

Comments (unedited!) from the kids:

The show was awesome.

It taute me new things, and It was funny.

I used to think that they were just dogs that just dig and dig.

I learned that prairy dogs are important to other life.

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