Observing birds has always been a highlight on Girls Outside hikes — we encounter them every time we hit the trail, and they always invite us to pause to observe their antics and listen to their songs and calls. But now, thanks to a generous grant from the Tennessee Ornithological Society’s Conservation and Research Fund Committee (CRFC), G.O. can take this to the next level! The Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS) has donated $500 to Girls Outside to support an “Introducing Girls to Bird Watching” program. The funds will support the purchase of 4 sets of Kingbird 6.5 x 32 binoculars, and with a matching donation program through Eagle Optics, G.O. will receive a total of 8 pairs for our hikers to view birds. Leftover funds will be used to buy field guides for girls to share. Binoculars are already on order and expected to arrive in just a few days. They will make their debut at our Sept 6 hike for grades 4-6 (Don’t forget to register!). Interested girls will now learn how to use binoculars and be invited to learn more about birds on many of our hikes. Plans are in the works for a special bird-watching event for girls coming soon.
If you know of a young girl in elementary grades who might enjoy being introduced to bird watching, please spread the word and stay tuned! Thank you, members of TOS, for your generous support! We look forward to sharing our girls’ adventures in bird watching with you as they learn about this healthy and rewarding outdoor hobby.