For OAMa, science outreach is all of the work and activities that we do, with the objective of bringing the public closer to science
During the day-to-day we look to divulge scientific through informative posts on our Instagram and Facebook. Online, we look to participate in as many events and activities with space for communication with the public as we can. An example of an event where we made an effort to be present was Avistar, where birdwatchers and nature lovers meet to exchange stories, images and information amongst each other and researchers alike. We participated in 2018 and 2019.
We also participate in classes, conversation circles, and activities where we are invited. If you are interested in inviting OAMa to do outreach activities about birds, science and environmental conservation, start a conversation with us here. Our agenda is always open, and like a mothers heart; we always make time to add one more.
Our main project in science outreach is the disinvolvement of a “interactive curriculum” to talk about science with society in a practical way and using the birds as a method of communication. The curriculum is a roadmap with questions to be worked on with visitors at our bird banding station during a day in the field, while research and monitoring is happening at the location. The main objective of this project is to open the doors of the scientific process and invite the community to get to know how and why we do science at the Mantiqueira Bird Observatory.
As part of the curriculum, we made a book about the study of birds for free as well as posters with activities.
The interactive curriculum project is the fruit of OAMa’s partnership with Silo- Art and Rural Latitude, an organization without lucrative funds that is based in the Alambari Mountain Range with the mission to promote culture, technology and artistic expression in the rural zone of Rio de Janeiro. This project is made possible with help from Serrapilheira Institute, a private institution without lucrative funds for the fomentation of research and scientific research in Brazil.