A rare team of birders
Next month, a rare team of six Eastern Shore elementary school kids will compete in the world championships of birding and hope to regain a title they won two years ago.
Called the Eaglets, the youth team is based out of Kennard Elementary School in Centreville near the Chesapeake Bay. Jim Wilson has been coaching the team for nine years.
“I really enjoy getting kids excited about learning,” says Wilson, 64, who retired from a 33-year career in international communications security at the National Security Administration. He was always a casual birder until his son became passionate about the sport in the late 1990s, then he became more involved. His car bumper sticker says it all: “Take a Kid Birding.”
Wilson’s popular after-school birding class at Kennard has as many as 30 kids between third and fifth grade who stay after school twice a week to learn more about birding.
The highlight of the year for these young birders is the World Series of Birding, held each spring in Cape May, N.J. Hundreds of birders from around the globe gather to compete, not only for a trophy, but also bragging rights in the international bird watching community.
To read more about these young birders check out our story Eastern Shore youth make up rare team of birders