On March 21, 2017, Earthworks was awarded $2461 for its Wildlife Watch program from Arrow Head County Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. This grant allows Earthworks to purchase trail cameras and binoculars to monitor and track wild animals around The Center at Donaldson. Earthworks, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is an environmental learning center whose mission is to teach, demonstrate and promote the interconnectedness of all creation.
Earthworks will use the trail cameras and binoculars during its children’s summer programs to increase awareness and build appreciation for animals.
Registration for Earthworks’ summer program begins in April for children ages 6-10 and runs for six weeks: June 12-16, 19-23, 26-30 and July 10-14, 17-21, 24-28. During the summer program, participants will have the opportunity to engage in direct experiences of nature, such as nature walks and gardening as well as art and music experiences.
Cheri Ringer, Earthworks Coordinator of Earthcare Education said, “I am so thankful to Arrow Head County Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. This grant will allow us to enhance our summer programs by letting us focus on the wildlife that surrounds us on campus.”
The Arrow Head County Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide local leadership for developing and carrying out a plan for the orderly conservation, improvement, development and wise use of natural resources.
Although the primary purpose of the wildlife cameras and associated gear is for use by Earthworks, The Center at Donaldson’s Ecological Relationships Director will also utilize the new equipment. Adam Thada explained, “Having wildlife cameras deployed will allow us to increase the quality and quantity of media to share with our own co-workers, residents, and students, in addition to the broader community. We are focusing on ecological relationships, and knowing how creatures around us are sharing this space is a part of exploring those relationships.”
There are several animal burrows throughout The Center’s property that can be monitored with cameras to observe seasonal patterns of movement and population numbers. Cameras placed along deer trails can also give an idea of male to female ratio of the deer population, and more information for proper deer herd management.