The Boys and Girls Club of America has chosen the Carl & Alleen McKinney Unit Torch Club for a National Merit Award and $500. The project is doing research on Northwest Arkansas’ indigenous bird species to discover if any species are leaving our area or endangered due to lack of resources, pollution…. They built 10 bird feeders and fill with feed that would be appropriate for the birds in the region. One feeder was placed in the NWA Community College nature area, one on the McKinney Unit campus, and the other 8 feeders were assigned to individual Torch Club members to take home and place in their yards. Members are observing and recording which bird species are in the area and collecting data on how many species they see. Through research and the use of a field data manual that the Torch Club will build through their research, data will be available on what bird feeds seems to draw particular species to their feeder. Data will continue to be collected through the spring semester and feeders will be rotated throughout Northwest Arkansas. The Torch Club will present this data at the Northwest Arkansas Community College Environmental Biology Class led by Dr. Galloway.
of our club members report finding valuable adult connections at the club.