Vol. 1 No. 3
With the holiday season upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the Lindbergh Foundation and its efforts to — in my father’s words, “… discern nature’s essential wisdom and combine it with our scientific knowledge.”
Over the past 31 years, more than 300 “ambassadors of balance” — Lindbergh Grant Recipients and Lindbergh Awardees — have brought our philosophy of balancing nature and scientific innovation to every continent in the world. Their creativity has helped save endangered species, preserve land, improve human health, provide sustainable farming practices, and improve economies. In recent years, I have been pleased to see so many aviation projects receive grant funding as well. These projects are focused on some of the most important environmental issues of our time and their success is your success.
I continue to be extremely proud of the Lindbergh Foundation and all it has accomplished. The Aviation Green Investment Program, which was launched late last year, is off to a good start. We have a few participants already and support from The Stanford Group included second-year funding for two of our previously-funded aviation grant projects. We established a partnership with Patty Wagstaff/Kenya Wildlife Service, which has a mission that ties in nicely with our own. We are excited to learn that the partnership with Lycoming Engines will be continuing again next year. The board and staff have been working very hard to increase the number of grant applications we receive, especially in the aviation category. We also launched a new partnership with The Orvis Company, featuring an aviation-themed line of clothing. A portion of the sales from this exclusive line benefits the Lindbergh Foundation, so I hope you’ll consider doing some holiday shopping at Orvis.
It is my great pleasure to announce that the 2009 Lindbergh Award Celebration will be held at the EAA Eagles Hangar in Oshkosh, Wisc., on May 16, 2009. We will be honoring Mr. Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, for his lifelong leadership concerning environmental matters. Terry and Mary Kohler were also selected for the Lindbergh Award for their extraordinary work using their aircraft to bring whooping crane eggs from Canada to reintroduce the species here in the U.S. I hope you’ll be able to join us for this wonderful celebration.
Just as the St. Louis backers took a chance on my father’s dream – betting that he would successfully cross the Atlantic non-stop in his little single-engine airplane, the Lindbergh Foundation takes a chance on individuals with bright ideas and boundless initiative to use scientific innovation to tackle important environmental issues around the world. For many of our grant recipients, Lindbergh Foundation funding provides the most important gift of all – recognition and the all-important start-up funds. This is a legacy of which my parents would be enormously proud, I am sure. I know that I certainly am.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting the Lindbergh Foundation by making a tax-deductible gift to the Lindbergh Foundation. The need is great. The cause is worthy. The results are inspiring.
With the very best wishes, and many blessings for the holiday season to you and yours.
Bird Song Study Bridges Science and Music
Bridges are important structures. They help us get from one place to another by providing a path to overcome obstacles. Dr. Margaret Coffman, a science education consultant from Ypsilanti, Mich., sees technology as a bridge to help students learn more about (and even enjoy) the study of science and music. For her innovative insight, Dr. Coffman received a 2007 Lindbergh Grant sponsored by the Lindbergh School District and Community in St. Louis, Mo., for her project entitled, “Empowering Students in Ecology, Music, and Computer Science through Active Participation in an Elementary Bird Song Curriculum.”
Dr. Coffman points out that elementary age students are surrounded by technology in the form of computers, cell phones, and music devices, but that does not necessarily indicate a high-level understanding of technology. Furthermore, during grades 4-6, many girls begin losing interest in science, and many boys begin losing interest in music. Studies show that animal-based themes are effective in student learning of science. With all this in mind, Dr. Coffman developed an interdisciplinary approach to improve learning by capturing the student’s interest with technology and then introducing the subjects of music and science, through the study of birds. The curriculum she developed also provides an opportunity for students to realize the connection of humans to their natural environment as they develop critical thinking skills.
Read more about this research and Dr. Coffman's visit to the Lindbergh School District in St. Louis, Mo.
Save the Date for the 2009 Lindbergh Award Celebration
Mark your calendars today for the Lindbergh Foundation’s 2009 Lindbergh Award Celebration.
EAA Eagles Hangar
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Join us for a grand celebration as we honor Mr. Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute and Terry and Mary Kohler, owners of Windway Capital Corp., for their commitment to the care and protection of our environment.
We are developing activities around this annual celebration, including airplane rides in the Spirit of St. Louis replica and other classic aircraft offered by EAA! So, plan to make this a weekend event. Watch the Flyer for updates or send us an e-mail if you would like to receive a formal printed invitation next spring.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Quiz -- The Answers
Thanks to all of you who participated in the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Quiz. In case you are wondering, here are the answers.
1. In January 1930 Anne Morrow Lindbergh became the first licensed woman glider pilot in the United States. Where did she take her qualifying flight?
A. New York
2. Anne earned many awards for her contributions to aviation and exploration. What year did the National Geographic Society award her the Hubbard Medal?
3. Anne’s thirteen acclaimed books included best-selling aerial travelogues, poetry, essays, fiction, and collections of diaries and letters. What was the title of her book describing the Apollo 8 launch?
A. Listen! The Wind
B. The Steep Ascent
C. Earth Shine
D. Gift from the Sea
4. Of Anne’s duties crewing on the Lockheed Sirius, which was the most important and resulted in the Veteran Wireless Operators Association awarding her a gold medal?
B. Morse code radio operator
5. What was the radio call sign for the Lockheed Sirius?
Congratulations to Dick B. for being the first to answer all the questions correctly!
Read an excerpt from Anne Morrow Lindbergh: First Lady of the Air on our web site.
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