African Grey Parrot
STAR Eco Station is home to a number of wild animals, including a few that are endangered or threatened. The Congo African Grey Parrot is one of those animals. With these parrots being recognized as one of the most intelligent parrot species, it is easy to see why so many people want to keep them as pets. Years of research has suggested that African Grey’s are as smart as dolphins, chimpanzees, and toddlers! Unfortunately, this bird’s popularity as a pet has led it to becoming endangered in the wild.
In 2017, there were at least 18,000 African Grey parrots smuggled from Africa for the illegal pet trade. While these birds can potentially make great pets, it is important to do your research on how a bird is acquired and the attention needed to properly care for them before purchasing one.
YOU can help save these birds from extinction by doing your research before purchasing one (or any animal) as a pet. Adopt before you shop! STAR Eco Station tour guides are also a great resource for anyone with questions on these great animals! Visit our African Grey parrots “Dave” and “Malkia”, and learn more about how you can save these great animals.
“One of a Kind” a brand-new initiative we’ll be implementing in the 2018- 2019 school year. With “One of a Kind”, we’ll be encouraging students to commit acts of kindness every day, with an end goal of one million total acts of kindness across the STAR program throughout the school year. We’re in touch with celebrity ambassa- dors who will encourage students to meet this goal. Students will be recognized for their acts of kindness.
This campaign will be coupled with the conflict resolution and anti-bullying program that we’ve implemented in several schools. This program has been renamed “You Hear Me, I Hear You”.
In addition, we will be augmenting our neuroscience program “Navigating Our Brains: You’re the Driver” for all students, which includes a unit on self- regulation. Currently, we are providing neuroscience training to our directors
STAR students were ready to perform for the Largest Children’s Earth Day in Los Angeles. They prepared all year to brighten everybody’s day! Teamwork makes the dream work!
and teachers as well as many school districts throughout the County of Los Angeles. We’re excited to make this program available to our students.
In summary, we believe that the combination of these programs will help create a kinder and more understanding generation of young people.
What's Eco doing with those rocks? Coral may look like a rock, but it is important to remember that it is, in fact, an animal! Believe it or not, STAR Eco Station receives a large amount of coral every year from USFW (United States Fish and Wildlife). It may not look like much, but coral has an immensely important job in the ocean. While coral only covers about 1 percent of the ocean floor, it has a huge effect on the health of the rest of the world. Healthy coral reefs mean a healthy planet.
Coral reefs provide homes and food for reef animals all over the world. Reefs are one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet! They can house thousands of aquatic species. One reason coral is so important is because it is an important location for finding food, shelter, mates and places to reproduce. Believe it or not, coral is important for us here on land too! It also provides the ocean and us with half of the oxygen we breathe! Unfortunately, coral is threatened on many fronts, all due to human impact.
One reason is that a large amount of
coral is broken off and stolen from the ocean for trade-what we see here at STAR Eco Station is a miniscule fraction of how much is taken worldwide. While it is legal to sell coral, it must be obtained
through legal methods. Join us on an aquatic adventure and learn how easily you can care for the ocean and its coral reefs.
"ONE OF A KIND"
-A Million Acts of Kindness, Your Kid is a Part of This
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STAR Education’s mission is to offer extended educational, recreational, and enrichment programs to students; support and enhance school curriculum; improve student achievement; and expand the cultural base of young people through innovative, quality programs offered by highly qualified instructors.
We have seen a 200% increase in our test scores.
- Richard Da Sylveria, Principal, Cowan Elementary School
My son was inspired to play baseball by his instructor at STAR. Through his encouragement, my son now plays on his high school’s Varsity Baseball team!
– Jolie Barretta Keyser, STAR parent
STAR strengthens self-image and helped increase our API test scores by 117 points.
– Vidda Borough, Principal, La Ballona Elementary