Fun at The SAGE Sessions

Posted February 4th, 2015

Matt with OwlAbout 30 local seniors spent a cozy afternoon at Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington this past Friday at the first of four monthly SAGE Sessions for seniors. SAGE stands for Seasoned Adults Growing Environmentally, and is a result of a partnership between Aging at Home – A Community Network and Briar Bush Nature Center.

The topic for the afternoon was “Creating the Perfect Habitat for Winter Birds” and attendees were treated to a lively presentation and Q&A session. Scarlett, the Eastern Screech Owl even made an appearance. Everyone was invited to take a pair of binoculars to do some bird watching from the Griscom Bird Observatory and take part in a hands on activity of creating a bird feeder to bring home.

Melissa BirdfeederYou can make your own bird feeder very easily at home:

Cookie Cutter Birdfeeders

2 packets of Knox gelatin
2/3 cup of water
2 cups of birdseed
cooking spray
cookie cutters
wax or parchment paper
twine or yarn

In a small saucepan add the gelatin to water and stir until dissolved. Bring the saucepan to medium heat and stir constantly until the gelatin simmers. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the 2 cups of birdseed, until well incorporated. Let the mixture cool a few minutes. In the meantime line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and spray your cookie cutters with cooking spray. Carefully spoon the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters. Insert a straw into the top of the cookie cutters to create a hole for the twine later. Place the baking sheet in the fridge for at least an hour, or until the birdseed mixture has turned solid. Remove the cookie cutters carefully and remove the straw. Insert a piece of twine or yarn into the hole that was created and hand your birdfeeder outside!

If you are interested in joining us for the upcoming SAGE Sessions, please give us a call at 215-302-9900 to RSVP and hold your space. The schedule of the remaining dates is below:

Who’s Been Here? Discovering Animal Signs in Winter
Friday, Febrary 20, 2015 1-2:30pm
We may not see as many animals during the winter as we do during the warmer month, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t here. Animals leave clues of their presence in the form of tracks, scat, fur, feathers, bones, and even holes. Learn how to search for these clues and identify which animal left them behind. Also, create animal track sliced wood coasters to take home!

Forever Green: Understanding the Conifers
Friday, March 20, 2015 1-2:30pm
After viewing the beautiful blooms of spring and summer, we watch the bright and colorful leaves fall in autumn, Then, we are left with bare, deciduous trees and needle-bearing conifers. But what is the difference between these two types of trees? Why do conifers keep their needles instead of losing them? Learn more about the evergreens and their wide variety of uses. Then we will make white pine needle tea and chocolate bark bars with unique toppings to take home!

The Basics of Earth Stewardship: Reducing, Reusing, Recycling, and Composting Material and Food Waste
Friday, April 10, 1-2:30pm
Earth Day is near and it’s time to celebrate by making conscious decisions to reduce, reuse, and recycle our daily, household waste-including food. Learn more about the recycling programs in Montgomery County and how to compost food scraps to reduce waste. Remember, every action counts! Also, learn to make your own paper from paper scraps!

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