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Honeywell and Audubon Partner to provide Onondaga County educators with creative ways to teach science and environmental Studies

Honeywell, the Montezuma Audubon Center and the Onondaga Audubon Society announced the creation of Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education for Onondaga County middle school science teachers Wednesday evening Dec. 9 at the Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois Museum in Liverpool.

"It is amazing that this opportunity for Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education is here for Audubon to embrace Onondaga Lake as an Important Bird Area," said Audubon New York Director of Bird Conservation Jillian Liner. "It's very exciting and a chance for Onondaga Lake to embrace its habitat."

Onondaga Audubon Society Vice President Niles Brown and Director Robert Long discuss the new educational initiative.

The professional development program will take place in summer of 2010 and offer curriculum that promotes environmental stewardship, enhances habitat, supports birding and raises awareness of the Onondaga Lake Important Bird Area.

"Honeywell is proud to partner with Audubon to bring Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education to the Syracuse-area," said Honeywell Syracuse Program Director John McAuliffe. "We are excited to work with Audubon to help restore the natural habitat of Onondaga Lake and to recognize it as an Important Bird Area."

Salina Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra, County Legislator-elect Judy Tassone and "Liberty" the Bald Eagle were in attendance for the announcement of Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education.

Montezuma Audubon Center Director Frank Moses addresses local elected officials, community members, members of Onondaga Audubon Society and Montezuma Audubon Center, and friends of Onondaga Lake who joined Honeywell and Audubon in celebrating their education partnership.

"Audubon is looking forward to working with Honeywell and Onondaga County teachers to enhance educators' and students' knowledge of local ecosystems. The real-world science curriculum will create fun, thought-provoking experiences that will encourage students to take an active role in their own learning process," said Frank Moses, director of Montezuma Audubon Center.

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