(The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)
4-H clubs across the nation will be using their “hands to larger service” as part of the first National 4-H Day of Service during April 2017. 4-H members can work on projects at any time during the month of April, however April 29 has been identified as the date to celebrate the culmination of service outreach.
The goal of National 4-H Day of Service is to encourage 4-H members in every county to make a positive difference. National 4-H Day of Service is open to everyone in the community, 4-H members, families, volunteers and community partners. Service projects can be done by individuals or as an entire county 4-H program. No matter what the project, this will be a day to make a difference.
4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, and State 4-H Partners are working with the National 4-H Citizenship Leadership team to create a tool kit and website that will be launching soon to provide tools and resources to plan successful service experiences across the nation.
Included will be National 4-H Day of Service Planning Guide, Service Project Ideas, Project Implementation Timeline, Web-based Service Project Registration and Reporting Resource, and a media tool kit.
Register your project online by July 7, 2017 at: http://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service.
It’s for the Birds – Become a Citizen Scientist with Project FeederWatch
4-H members who enjoy bird watching are invited to become citizen scientists with Project FeederWatch. Project FeederWatch lets you become the biologist of your own backyard.
If you become a Citizen Scientist, you will identify the birds at the feeders from November through April and submit your observations to the Cornell Lab. You can count every week or only once all season – the time you spend is up to you. Using an easy online data entry, you can immediately see all your counts and view colorful summaries and graphs.
Anyone interested in birds can participate; you do not have to be an expert. All you need is a comfortable chair, a window and an interest in the birds in your neighborhood.
There is an $18 fee, which provides first-time participants with a Project FeederWatch kit. Part of the fee helps to support the continuation of the program, which is in its 30th year. Once you register online, you can immediately start collecting data at your feeders.
4-H members/families can obtain additional information and sign up online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website: http://feederwatch.org/.
4-H Sewing Special Interest (SPIN) club
Members of the Saline County 4-H Sewing Special Interest (SPIN) club continue to meet twice a month to work on aprons that they plan to exhibit in July in the Clothing & Textiles class at the Saline County 4-H Home and Family Show.