By Nick Sestanovich
Bird is the word for Gretchen Higgins Elementary School’s Ornithology Club students. What better day to help members continue to beautify their bird sanctuary garden than Earth Day?
It was a busy day for students at the Dixon elementary school. Trash was picked up, of course, and the ornithology Club students had their work cut out for them. They had the entire school decorate rocks for their garden which they also spent a lot of time building and maintaining.
The Ornithology Club was formed as Higgins science teacher and club adviser Peggy Harte was doing research with Dr. Heidi Ballard, an associate professor at the University of California, Davis who started the Center for Community and Citizen Science to create partnerships with science educators. Harte said she had been working with Ballard on research projects looking into the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).