Practical application of Nature Studies: Bird stations for DHPS Pre-school

The pre-school of the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) decided to introduce pre-schoolers to the topics of species conservation and natural sciences already before the schools closed in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Namibia,

Under the supervision of Jenni Mühr (head of the pre-school of the DHPS) and in cooperation with Stefan Rust (BIRDSCONTOUR) the project was implemented during the closure and feeding stations, water baths and much more were installed on the pre-school grounds directly in the centre of Windhoek. Various types of food are offered to attract indigenous birds, such as the bulbul, weaver or even the rose-faced lovebirds.

This is a well-planned concept: The children can learn a lot about Namibia's bird life, feed the birds and even reuse fruit waste etc. from home.
There is a special food dispenser hanging on the playground, which not only attracts the honey-sucker, but is also supposed to be tempting for smaller bird species.

A bird bath was set up to encourage the birds to splash around on hot summer days - hopefully especially the small species will quickly get used to the surroundings, as well as the turbulent hustle and bustle and the laughter of the children during the breaks.
Later on, also grey louries will be lured with a bigger birdbath.

Nesting boxes were attached to the Ritterburg, the school's own cooking and baking room, to make the playground of the pre-school as attractive as possible for the rose-faced lovebirds. This will allow the children to watch the birds from a safe distance and observe how the young birds are fed and learn to fly.

In the long term, it is planned to convert this area into a small school garden with a barefoot path and herb beds, in order to arouse the interest of both DHPS pre-school children and Namibian bird species.


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