We are so excited to announce that WorldBeat Cultural Center will be featured in an upcoming broadcast by PBS Nature showcasing a Celebrate Urban Birds event, a citizen science project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. How cool is that? We were so thrilled to have been selected. The children in attendance had great fun participating in a variety of activities, including: bird-watching, painting a mural, making ‘seed bombs’, drumming, playing capoeira, listening to ‘plant music’ and learning about appreciation of nature through Maasai traditions. One of the best moments was when they were able to identify a hummingbird nest! Please check out our photos of the event in this blog post. We invite you to watch us on the second episode of American Spring Live, April 30th at 8PM on channel KPBS 2.

A big thank you to all those who made this possible: ACK Productions, Thirteen Productions, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Marilu Lopez Fretts, Os Malandros De Mestre Touro, Teresa Helgeson, Maasai warrior, Weldon May, Ole Sankale, Nana Yaw Asiedu, Farmer Dale from San Diego Seed Library, and all the WBC Staff and volunteers who helped in the garden.

Here is a blurb about the broadcast: For three consecutive nights beginning on Monday, April 29 at 8/7c, Nature: American Spring LIVE will present the change from winter to spring from iconic locations across America in a special live broadcast on PBS and Facebook. Join scientists in the field as they make real-time observations and discoveries about how longer days and warming temperatures trigger big changes in plants and animals.

To encourage citizen science participation during the broadcast and beyond, Nature has partnered with several citizen science projects, including Bird Cams Lab and Celebrate Urban Birds (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), The Great Sunflower Project (San Francisco State University), The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Track-a-Lilac with Nature’s Notebook (USA National Phenology Network), and SciStarter (Arizona State University). Head over to the official American Spring Live website to learn more.



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