Group Visits

School classes, youth groups, bird and environmental clubs, retirees, etc. can schedule special tours for weekends or weekdays. A donation is expected, and advance arrangements are required.

For group visits to SBBO, please contact Mary Ann Pettenger at 815-494-7865  or  mailto:winterhome@charter.net. Subject: SBBO group visit. Plan on 1 ½ hours to watch the banding process and visit the nets. Mary Ann will help select the best date for your visit, explain the expected “donation”, and provide all the details including driving directions.

 

Students and accompanying educators from Rochelle High School, Jackson Elementary School in Rockford and Forreston Elementary School, 26 area Boy and Girl Scouts, 9 adults from Rock Valley College Center for Learning in Retirement and 20-25 adults from Starved Rock Audubon Society and 30 children and adults for a birthday party participated in SBBO’s educational outreach program. All were attentive and excited to see and release a bird and learn about the banding process and it’s purpose.

jacksonschool5th-5-7-2009 Fifth grade students in Mr. Aaron Harned and Ms. Holly Armato’s classes from Jackson School in Rockford visited SBBO on Thursday, May 7. jacksonschool5th-3-5-7-2009 Master Bander Lee Johnson shows Jackson School students how a bird is removed from a mist net. keyoun-norman-2-5-7-20092 SBBO volunteer Julie Thompson explains to Keyoun Norman (Mr. Harned’s class, Jackson School, Rockford) how to hold a bird so that he can release it. Briana Schwager, also in Mr. Harned's class at Jackson School, releases a bird "out the window." Briana Schwager, also in Mr. Harned’s class at Jackson School, releases a bird “out the window.” This brilliant male Blackburnian Warbler was just one of the many different species the Jackson School students got to see on May 7. This brilliant male Blackburnian Warbler was just one of the many different species the Jackson School students got to see on May 7. Nine people from Rock Valley College's Center for Learning in Retirement visited Sand Bluff on Saturday, May 16, 2009. Nine people from Rock Valley College’s Center for Learning in Retirement visited Sand Bluff on Saturday, May 16, 2009. The Rock Valley CLR group was joined by other casual visitors on May 16, 2009. The Rock Valley CLR group was joined by other casual visitors on May 16, 2009.