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Helping Bluebird Restoration Efforts

A bluebird perches on a thin branch, balanced perfectly. With quick and snappy movements of his head, he observes his surroundings. He looks at the sky, showing off his brick redbreast and white belly that complements the deep blue feathers covering his head, back, and wings. With nimble hops, he moves between branches before fanning out blue wings and diving away from the tree. The bluebird cuts through the air with grace, and lands on top of a sturdy, wooden birdhouse he calls home.To complete these projects, the class split into two teams. One team worked on the manuals, aimed at helping homeowners understand how to maintain bluebird houses and trails, or in other words, how to be responsible bluebird landlords. The second team worked on setting up the summer internship with Northstar Middle School. The proposed internship will involve UWEC students helping middle school aged students work with bluebird houses, or any activity that gets kids outside; such as gathering data on the environment. Inspired by the program called 'No Child Left Inside,' the goal is to show the importance of getting kids outside.

The students have accomplished a lot with this project. Besides aiding bluebird restoration efforts, they have strengthened their abilities to work independently and as a team to tackle challenging tasks. The course made them take on leadership roles and by the end of the semester, they gained experience collaborating with community members and learning for themselves what civic engagement is and why it is important. By doing much of the work themselves, students demonstrated that they can work in the real world and with real people. They provided useful tools to the Eau Claire community and experienced how much can be done when people with similar interests work toward a common goal.