The mission of the Education Committee is outreach through programs outside the regular Hampshire Bird Club programs and events. This is accomplished by targeting populations such as non-members, children, seniors, and those with accessibility issues. We also offer workshops on topics of interest to club members.
Jeremy Spool and Meghadeepa Maity, two members of the HBC education committee, are facilitating a book club. Find out more here.
Forget the pandemic for a while and write a Haiku to share!
Haikus are Japanese poetic forms of three lines, arranged as 5-7-5 syllables.
The strength of these short poems is “brevity, immediacy, spontaneity” reflecting the natural world.
Here are several by the master poet Matsuo Basho (1644-94)
The temple bell stops
but the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers.
sweeping the garden
but letting the temple keep
the willow’s droppings.
By Kobayashi Issa (1763 -1827)
This line of back ants –
maybe it goes all the way back
to that white cloud!
We hope you will write a Haiku about a bird, or birds to share with other members of the Hampshire Bird Club.
When you submit it to us at [email protected] we will number the Haikus without your name. We will then send the group of submitted poems to some committee members to vote on giving each a 1, 2 or 3 rating. Poems with the most 3’s will receive third prize, 2’s second prize, and 1’s first prize. We will then post the poems under these prizes.
Here is a Haiku by a member of the committee:
at my garden’s edge
clouds of sparrows dust bathing
Please spread the word about our events and contact us at [email protected].
We offer scholarships for young people to attend birding or natural history camps and conferences. Applicants are 12-18 years old. Applicant or a family member is a member of the Hampshire Bird Club. You can download an Education Scholarship Application here.