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Audubon Junior Club

The Audubon Junior Club held its first meeting on Saturday, December 8, 1951, in the auditorium of the U. S. National Museum.

The Birney School Audubon Junior Club had 12 members who were present at all the meetings which were held on the second Saturday of each month from 10 to 12 a.m. We found the meetings to be very interesting and educational under guidance of a Park Naturalist. We exchanged many ideas and experiences.

The Park Naturalist gave us instructions on how to build bird houses and how to build bird feeding stations. He suggested that we make pictures of birds and their habits and to make club reports.

Our club went to the Metropolitan Police Boys Club No. 12, to construct bird houses and feeding stations. The instructor was Mr. McCloud.

Mr. and Mrs. Matteossian invited our club to visit their bird feeding stations in Bethesda, Md. Eight members of the club were driven by Mr. Dixon out to her home one Saturday. The bird feeders were in the window sills and in the trees. One window feeder was at the kitchen window and the others at the bedroom windows. We sat in chairs and waited for the birds to come to the feeders and peanut hearts, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and suet.

We were able to get a close up of the junco, male and female purple finch, tufted titmouse, and downy woodpecker. On the feeders in the trees we could see many of the same birds.

Mrs. Matteossian showed us her canaries and then we saw the slides she had made of the birds. The slides were colored which made them look very natural. The pictures showed how birds lived in winter, where they stayed and what they ate. It took 2,700 pounds of sunflower seeds for the feeding stations each year. This was one of our most enjoyable outings with the club. 

At our last meeting all the clubs met together to show their exhibits. There were two electric bird namers, bird feeding stations, bird houses, bird books, large paintings of birds and many other interesting things about birds. About 50 children made reports for their Audubon Junior Club. The Birney School Club reports were given by Dixon, Ernest Dyson and Philip Atkins.

From the Audubon Junior Clubs we have gained much information about nature study and birds. We also enjoyed the democracy of these clubs; for we learned through experience that all boys work well together regardless of race when there is something constructive and interesting to be done.

The members of the Birney School Audubon Junior Club are Ronald Chase, Hugh Wells, Charles Vaughn, Arrington Dixon, James Dixon, Philip Atkins and Ernest Dyson.

Most boys of the Birney School Audubon Junior Club enrolled in the Junior Naturalist Training Courses.

Edward Euell
Age 9
S. S. Engram, Teacher

[[image - students of The Junior Naturalist Training Course]]

The Junior Naturalist Training Course is given yearly by the United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, National Capital Parks, Washington, D. C. The course consists of six Saturday meetings, and two Wednesday bird walks. Six boys from our school registered and attended the meetings. In the project books, the boys prepared the work sheets that were given. Leaf prints were made, a soil conservation report was written, and all leaflets given during the course were filed. The boys' books were very well filled out and very well made. Last year's course was about Nesting and Food Habits, Birds, Outdoors Hazards, Wild Flowers, How Seeds are Scattered, Leaves and Fruits of Trees, How a Tree Grows, Where Plants Live, Where Animals Live, the Classes of Animals, A Soil Conservation Report, and Five Leaf Prints. The boys enjoyed the course and at the end of it Philip O. Atkins was presented the Certificate of Completion with Honor. John C. Allen, James W. Dixon, Ernest Dyson, James Strickland, and Charles Vaughn were presented the Certificate of Completion.

Philip O. Atkins
Age 9
H. D. Norville, Teacher

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