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Above, students from Wayne and Crawford Counties joined forces to plant red maple trees at Hartwick Pines State Park in May 2008. Michigan Green Schools raised over $1,000 last year to plant the trees. See another photo from that day.

Michigan Wildlife Awareness

The majestic American bald eagle is making a great comeback in Michigan. Pictured is an immature eagle who has yet to develop the characteristic white head plumage.

The eagle is no longer on the endangered species list but is still classified as a threatened species by the DNR in Michigan.

The DNR reports 480 eagle nests in our state primarily in the upper and northern lower peninsulas in 2006, the latest year of record.

One of the 20 Points of the Michigan Green School Program is adopting a threatened or endangered animal such as the bald eagle. One place to adopt is the National Wildlife Foundation.

One great idea for raising funds for the adoption comes from Pius X Catholic School of Flint. They had a "bring your favorite stuffed animal to school" day, charging 25 cents to bring a stuffed animal. They then took the funds to adopt their real animal.

More activity tips:

  • students can vote on the animal they want to adopt
  • school can hold a naming contest
  • students can create a special bulletin board display

photo: David Kenyon, Michigan DNR

20 Points of Energy and Environmental Savings Activities

1. The school recycles paper.

2. The school reuses its magazines and newspapers for other projects.

3. The school has adopted an endangered species animal from one of several organizations and posted a picture of the animal in a main traffic area.

4. The school media center updates its print and nonprint ecological materials regularly.

5. An energy savings program has been instituted at the school.

6. Students at the school participate in a planned program of energy savings, including dusting coils on cafeteria refrigerators, placing film on windows, setting hot water heaters 1° (Fahrenheit) lower, seeing how plants and trees strategically placed can save energy for the school, and checking proper inflation in bus tires and other school vehicles once a month.

7. The school has hosted a visit by an ecological spokesperson, a representative of the Sierra Club, an endangered animals species show, or a similar presentation.

8. The school has a birdhouse habitat project.

9. The school has established a natural Michigan garden project with native plants.

10. The school has solar power presentations or experiments, such as a solar cookout.

11. Classes do energy audits of their classrooms and make improvements, such as placing film on windows, caulking windows, or using kits to make windows more energy-efficient.

12. The school has a printer cartridge recycling program through which the school earns money by selling the cartridges to one or more companies that buy cartridges from schools.

13. The school recycles batteries and has designated a representative to return them to an appropriate recycling program.

14. The school recycles cellular telephones and receives money for the telephones from recycling companies that work with schools.

15. The school observes Earth Day in some way in April.

16. Art classes at the school have a poster contest to support ecology concerns and a school-wide display in conjunction with Earth Day activities.

17. The school has science class projects in which students do several home energy improvements, such as turn down hot water heaters, install home window insulation kits, clean coils on home refrigerators, and install draft guards for doors.

18. The school has an ecology club, whose activities include such activities as helping senior citizens make their homes more energy-efficient, putting in new furnace filters, caulking windows, cleaning refrigerator coils in homes, and setting water heaters 1° (Fahrenheit) lower.

19. The school’s classes visit internet sites where clicking saves rainforest habitat and teachers document the students’ efforts

20. The school sets a goal of 5% less energy usage in the school and works with local power utilities to see progress toward the goal.

See more ideas for great activities!

Application deadline for academic year 2009-10: March 1, 2010

Questions? Please contact Kristine Moffett by phone (Hartland High School media center office: 810-626-2865) or email.