Scigirls “Habitat Connections” program hosts special guest Dr. Maria Whitehead

Dr. Maria Whitehead of The Nature Conservancy will lend her expertise to the May 24 meeting of SciGirls from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Transylvania County Extension Office in Brevard. Dr. Whitehead will discuss the importance of bird habitats and help the girls evaluate habitat sites in Brevard.   Co-hosted by PARI and the Transylvania County 4-H, SciGirls is a national program designed to help interest girls in science with fun, hands-on activities.  All girls ages 9-14 are welcome, prior participation is not required. Photo by ©Mac Stone, submitted
Dr. Maria Whitehead of The Nature Conservancy will lend her expertise to the May 24 meeting of SciGirls from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Transylvania County Extension Office in Brevard. Dr. Whitehead will discuss the importance of bird habitats and help the girls evaluate habitat sites in Brevard. Co-hosted by PARI and the Transylvania County 4-H, SciGirls is a national program designed to help interest girls in science with fun, hands-on activities. All girls ages 9-14 are welcome, prior participation is not required. Photo by ©Mac Stone, submitted

Rosman, NC – Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a SciGirls program called “Habitat Connections” May 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Transylvania County Extension Office, 98 East Morgan Street, in Brevard. SciGirls is co-hosted by the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) and the Transylvania County 4-H.

“This will be the final SciGirls program for this school year,” said County 4-H Agent Mary Arnaudin, “and we’re delighted to have a special guest. Dr. Maria Whitehead of The Nature Conservancy will help the SciGirls evaluate several sites in Brevard to determine whether they meet the criteria for bird habitat. We’ll be learning about birds, sketching habitats and discussing modifications that could be helpful for sustaining bird populations in Transylvania County. Dr. Whitehead studied birds in the mountains of North Carolina while earning her Ph.D. from Clemson University and during her career has worked with birds from Australia and Hawaii to the swamps of South Carolina. During the program the SciGirls will also learn to use Yardmap software to explore bird habitat mapping. This event will involve walking outside, so all SciGirls should wear appropriate walking shoes. Prior participation is not required, so we encourage all girls ages 9-14 to join us for an evening of learning about science by engaging in fun projects.”

The monthly SciGirls programs are co-hosted by PARI and Transylvania County 4-H, and affiliated with the national effort sponsored by Twin Cities Public Television to change the way girls think about science.

SciGirls events are typically scheduled each month during the school year. The participation fee is $10 per student. Program details, specific hours and registration details can be found on the PARI web site, www.pari.edu. Participants can register at www.pari.edu/programs/students/scigirls. Area teachers and parents are asked to encourage girls who may be interested. The national SciGirls web site is http://pbskids.org/scigirls.

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