The SAA Junior Division CmPS Team will represent Project SOAR (Students Out And Rescuing). This team has made it their mission to inform people in the Chicagoland area about bird collisions. Chicago is located along a key route that migrating birds use to travel south and return north. Between 365 and 988 million birds are killed annually by window collisions in the U.S. The Chicago Bird Collision Monitors of Chicago report rescuing approximately 6,000 birds each year. Project SOAR worked with this organization to rescue birds downtown, distributed flyers, and have been in contact with a local activist regarding a city ordinance requiring bird friendly building designs.
The SAA Middle Division CmPS Team will represent Project CARP (Citizens Against River Pollution). This team has dedicated their time to reducing pollution and its negative effects on aquatic life in the Des Plaines River by planting a Riparian Buffer Zone. This involves planting native plants along the banks of a river to block harmful runoff, prevent erosion, and provide food for aquatic life. Students worked with a local naturalist to plant buttonbushes along the river and will continue their work by adding protective caging around young oak trees and removing invasive species from the forest area to continue the healthy growth of native plants and maintain the buffer zone area.
Best of luck to all participants!