Promoting sustainability within Haitian communities and a population of endangered seabirds is a primary focus of EPIC’s commitment within the Black-capped Petrel program. By increasing knowledge of Black-capped Petrel ecology and conservation needs, especially among local community members who are living or farming in petrel habitat, we work together to foster stewardship. Every learner is a teacher, and by passing along what is learned, putting it into practice, celebrating its success and telling others about it, the effort is magnified and becomes more deeply valued by those involved.
School children in the village of Boukan Chat, Haiti experience science and nature education focused on the ecology and biodiversity of the Black-capped Petrel and its habitat along with concepts of watershed function and conservation. Presentations, a coloring book, posters, handouts and stickers in Kreyol have been thoughtfully created and shared with schools. All programs are led by EPIC’s team of Haitian scientists and conservationists, which also serves to inspire and empower the next generation of community caretakers.
Students experience special hands-on activities and field trips that focus on water, soil, and forests, sustainable use of the land, and the role of living things in local and global ecosystems. A fun Petrel mascot is featured during these field experiences. Hands-on activities are also offered at the two plant nurseries that EPIC helped to establish so that students gain experience with sustainable agricultural practices. Students in Boukan Chat are future farmers and lessons prepare the youth to better understand the web of life in which they work, live and play.