November 9, 2020
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CMCP Gives a Hoot. Do You?
CMCP’s Environmental Club is on a mission. They’re on many missions - the most important probably being to save the world - but this one is just as pressing: Owl Habitats. Florida Burrowing Owl habitats, to be exact. We’ve seen these burrowing owls before. They’re small, long-legged, and have white eyebrows and chin patches. Some might say they’re cute, others might say they’re following them, but in any case, they’ve made Chaminade-Madonna their home, and we’re here to keep them safe.
We pride ourselves on being welcoming and educating in the family spirit for adaptation and change. We just thought our community would focus more on people than animals, but our #lionpride welcomes new members all the time!
This week, club members with assistance from their moderator, Mrs. Fraser, and our maintenance crew set out to monitor and maintain the burrows. They visited four habitats and removed overgrowth and weeds. An owl friend even stopped by to check on their progress!
Mrs. Fraser says this about the project: “The burrowing owls are a threatened species, and they’re protected. We want to make really nice habitats for them. They like open, clear, sandy areas. When they see the bright white sand we put down, our hope is they’ll go “Oh! That looks like a nice home!” and stop in. The weed removal is just as important because they want to see if predators are coming.”
Club President Kara Kent shares, “I really like the owl project. We see them a lot on campus, and it’s important to protect their space. I’m passionate about the environment, and I want to see people get involved and get educated about what’s going on in the world.”
The club’s real mission is to promote stewardship for the environment through creating awareness and providing educational as well as volunteer opportunities for the CMCP community. In addition to their work with the burrowing owl habitats, the Environmental Club is responsible for the school's recycling program and meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month to discuss future "green" campus and community initiatives.
“This year, we’re looking for socially distanced, socially responsible activities,” says Kara. “The recycling program is great, and we’re looking at possible beach clean up days and maybe even a compost program from school lunches.”
The overall message of the group is clear: get involved! Involve your peers, your family, and friends. Your community, owl friends included, will thank you.
**Fun fact from Director of Guidance, Ms. Tucker: Did you know the movie Hoot, based on the book by Carl Hiaasen, was filmed on our campus!? Almost all of the school hallway scenes, the cafeteria scenes, the science lab scenes, and more were filmed at CMCP!
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