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Wildlife Habitat - Phase I
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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Hoover HS BioBUCS
Hoover HS BioBUCS

10-Nov.-2017 (HHS)The Hoover High School Wildlife Habitat Build (Part 1) has planted its roots.

Located on campus grounds, the multi-phase project involves a number of stages including a pollinator garden, native tree restoration and learning stations. Eventually, the garden will be certified by the Alabama Wildlife Federation.  The project incorporates sensory and educational components for those with disabilities and learning stations designed to augment curriculum taught through environment sciences classes. The finished project will also include specific longitudinal study sites on the HHS campus.

The project kicked off October 9 with the guidance of Hoover High School Environmental Science teachers Ms. Janet Ort and Mr. Kevin Butler.  The student led project, Team BioBucs, enlisted the volunteer assistance of IB & AP students, Alabama WIldlife Federation staff, community members, HHS staff support, and even board of education member Craig Kelley and Councilman Derrick Murphy to jumpstart this long-planned project.   

The cross-curricular nature of the project allows students to connect curriculum with real-world experience.  The study locations will provide long term seasonal data to support data driven classroom investigations. Geotagging will be incorporated into the final project to make a digital connection to this green effort.

Ort applied for and won a grant through the Lexus EcoChallenge in 2013.  Grant funding continues and will assist as this project approaches buildout. Additional in kind equipment donations were provided by community members. A $500 grant from the Birmingham Audubon Society and donated bluebird houses will support bird conservation projects.

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