Piping plover game teaches kids about bird's plight
Island Nature Trust find children 'empathize' with birds
The piping plover's plight is being brought to life for P.E.I. students through an interactive game.
Designed by the Island Nature Trust, the game teaches Grade 4 students about the endangered birds.
"We're really trying to get the students to have a hands-on experience and actually be a plover," said piping plover project co-ordinator, Julie-Lynn Zahavich.
"And then we introduce other students as threats that they might encounter on a beach. So we're getting the students to sort of understand from a plover's perspective how difficult it can be to survive on a beach."
Plover numbers are down on P.E.I.
The Island Nature Trust has been working hard to make their habitat safer, but education is key, says Zahavich.
And kids are particularly good at getting out the message.
"They seem to empathize more with the birds, and they really seem to get it," said Zahavich.
Elm Street Elementary School student Olivia James has a plan for this summer.
"Spread the word. And if you find a nest, well, tell people about it."
The project will be making the rounds in classrooms until March 31. The Trust hopes to run it again next winter.