SOARIN’ HAWK RAPTOR REHAB R4B – 2014
Hi, I’m Alex Forsythe and I am 15 years old. I’m honored to serve on the youth advisory board for R4B and I’m thrilled to be able to talk to you about my experience running an R4B event.
I am also a volunteer for Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Soarin’ Hawk helps injured and orphaned raptors return to the wild. We also give presentations and classes to teach children and adults about birds of prey. All of us, even the veterinarian, are volunteers. I am the dispatcher for Soarin’ Hawk, I conduct rescues, I give presentations, and I help with the birds that need intensive care or special physical therapy.
FAMILY NATURE SUMMIT 2015 – RACE 4 BIRDS
The annual Family Nature Summit featured a brand new element this year as organizers added Race 4 Birds to their program. Beautiful Lake Januluska in North Carolina was the venue for this year’s Summit in late June.
The Race 4 Birds Foundation provided guidance to the Summit organizers about how to incorporate an R4B event into their very busy event calendar. And, we provided two customized checklists specifically for the event. The checklist for the littlest birders featured a dozen species and photographs.
R4B also donated Orion binoculars to the Summit organizers to use as they saw fit.
GEORGIA YOUTH BIRDING COMPETITION (YBC) 2015
April, 2015…The 10th Anniversary YBC set records for the number of Species identified and the funds raised for conservation.
Youth from primary to high school ages searched the state for birds during the 24-hour contest held Saturday through Sunday evening by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, part of the Department of Natural Resources. The Florida Scrub-jays, two teens from Gainesville, Fla., were the overall winner with 167 species, an event record.
But Steven Goodman, 16, and Sam Ewing, 14, both experienced birders, also represented another competition highlight: 13 of the 27 teams were competing in the event for the first time.
PHILADELPHIA RACE 4 BIRDS (2015)
The Race 4 Birds Foundation was pleased to support BirdPhilly and the first ever Philadelphia Bird Race (PBR).
Held in May, 2015, over 200 people participated in the inaugural PBR. Young racers competed in categories for elementary, middle and high school students.
Awards and kudos were given out, and renowned author, and world birder Richard Crossley of the Race 4 Birds Foundation was on hand to present awards to kids that won in the youth categories. The R4B Foundation provided signed copies of the Crossley ID Guide books to the winning kids. Other winners were posted to the BirdPhilly Facebook page.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 RACE 4 BIRDS TO BENEFIT RAPTOR RESCUE CENTER
The world’s first Race 4 Birds is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Organized by Race 4 Birds Foundation Youth Advisor Alexandra “Alex” Forsythe, the youth birding competition will raise funds for the Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
Several dozen young competitors will race from the lake shore beach in Franke Park (Fort Wayne) to the Finish Line at Fox Island where they will be welcomed by some of the Raptor Rescue Center’s grateful hawks and owls.
A Race 4 Birds is a contest in which teams compete to count as many bird species as possible within a timeframe in a defined geographic area. Rules can vary from event to event, but the central themes of Fun, Fair, Safe and Ethical Birding are at the core.