This month, Hernando County Girl Scout troop 317 gave back to Mother Nature. They built and replaced several birdhouses along the Weeki Wachee River in an attempt to earn their Silver Award. The Silver Award is the most prestigious award a girl scout can earn and takes a minimum of fifty hours to fulfill the requirements.
Four dedicated young girls-Lily, Jessica, Jenna and Brenna volunteered their time and effort to make this possible. The birdhouses were installed on January 16th at the Springs Coast Environmental Education Center and along the Weeki Wachee River. The girls all participated in the building and restoration of the birdhouses, which included cutting wood, drilling holes and other labor intensive tasks. They also created a manual and a blog so that future generations will know how to build the same birdhouses.
The effort of these Girl Scouts was echoed by the community. The Springs Coast Environmental Education Center, Cheryl Paradis (teacher at Springs Coast Environmental Education Center), Lowe’s, and Linda Vanderveen of the Audubon Society all pitched in to make this project come to fruition. The State Parks even helped out with placing the birdhouses.
The girls gush about their amazing experience. Lily said, “I was so excited to take on this project, and I can’t believe that four girls can make such a big difference in the environment.”
Jessica recounted, “This project was really awesome, and I especially liked using the drill.”
In this day and age, when many kids would rather be sitting around inside playing video games, watching youtube, or snapchatting, it’s nice to see that there are some kids who are willing to work hard and give back to the environment. Good job, Troop 317!