Sackets Harbor, NY – In 1934, birder, artist, photographer, educator and naturalist Roger Tory Peterson published his first Field Guide to the Birds, inspiring Americans to get outside to appreciate nature. On September 18, Mark Baldwin, director of education at the 100-year-old Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY, will continue that legacy by offering a Journaling for Birders interactive workshop at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor. The 6 pm program is part of the 2008 Birds of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Exhibit and Program Series.  Baldwin specializes in helping teachers infuse nature study into their teaching programs. “This workshop is designed to help enhance one’s observational and inquiry skills through the keeping of journals or logbooks that then become the raw material for science, art and writing,” Baldwin says. “As you become more sharp-eyed, you will spot more of the birds and other wildlife that blend into the colors of their natural habitat and you will be able to help others do the same.” Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Secondary Education at SUNY Fredonia and a Master of Science in Teaching from Antioch/New England Graduate School. He has taught middle and high school science in Vermont, Alaska and New York. “We invite birders, families and birders to take advantage of Marks visit to the Seaway Trail Discovery Center. His program is an excellent way to develop new skills that will not only enhance your enjoyment of your own backyard but your travel to the many natural attractions found along our freshwater, bird-friendly byway.  This program fits the mission of the Seaway Trail Discovery Center to prompt people to travel to sites all along the 518-mile length of the byway with a resulting positive impact on resource appreciation and economic benefit to the local communities,” says Seaway Trail Foundation President and CEO Teresa Mitchell says. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History houses the lifetime body of work of the man considered Americas preeminent naturalist of the 20th century. Peterson was born in Jamestown, also the hometown of Lucille Ball and a museum honoring her. The $5 admission to the Journaling for Birders program will benefit the Seaway Trail Foundation that supports educational programming related to the freshwater shoreline and travel along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie. The 2008 Birds of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Exhibit and Program Series continues through November with speakers from Parks Canada, and the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts program. Watch for dates and details on the series sponsored by the Seaway Trail Foundation, Town of Hounsfield, Key Bank, National Grid, New York State Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, North Country Bird Club, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and Bird Coalition of Rochester.

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Contact:  Peggy Morgia, Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000