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Fill the Bill

Today, we investigated the Fill the Bill activity that I borrowed from Fish and Game. Kids got to use different tools that simulated bird bills to figure out which bill shapes are effective for which food types. We had a good time testing out the "bills!" After, we looked at an online site with different birds/bills: http://www.vtaide.com/png/bird-adaptations3.htm. Even before the website, the kids could think of lots of examples of birds with certain bill types. One young lady even named Purple Martins as birds that use a big, gaping mouth as their "tool" to catch flying insects!

Spring is Here!!!!

Hello! It is Paige, Grace, and JANE! That's right us AGAIN! When Mrs. Urban visted us on Monday, March 12th, she talked to us about birds in the spring. She told us about the different ways that birds find their mate and make/find their nests. To find a mate, birds will sing, dance, and we learned abou the Manakin bird which, dances and slides along a branch like Micheal Jackson. We also learned about the Lyrebird can imitate sounds that he has heard from other birds and also machines. We also learned about egg adaptions and baby birds. We all now know what to do if we see a young bird out...

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Bird By Bird

Today there were many birds outside. Especially on the feeders. There were at least 30 birds outside. Most of them were House finches. It was pretty nice outside so that's probably why there were so many birds. 

Project Wings

Yesterday we had a special guest come to our class. Mr. Weedon works for Idaho Power. You might wonder what Idaho Power and birds have in common..

We did too!  He shared a cool video about how Idaho Power developed special platforms for raptors to nest on. Morley Nelson was the first to try these out with his

own bird, a Golden Eagle. The reason for designing and using these platforms was so that birds would not get electrocuted when they land on power poles. Some of these

Birds of Prey have a wing span of up to 12 feet and if both wings come in contact with the wires...

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Chicken Problem Solved

Lake Ridge has had a chicken problem since the first of the school year. The neighbors have several chickens which they allow to free range. One of their favorite places to head was Lake Ridge's school grounds. They especially liked visiting our ground feeder and chasing away the wild birds. We have been rationing our ground feed to one scoop a day. The chickens had become very distructive on the slope between the school grounds and the house with the chickens. The district maintainence people were called in to help. They repaired the damage on the slope and covered it with bark dust again...

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Feathers and Bird Walking (January and February)

It's been six months, and we still have yet to see a bird at our birdfeeders.  The ground is still frozen so we haven't been able to move them to a more desirable location yet.  Today, we did spy one lone dark-eyed junco under a bush NEAR our feeders.  We're hoping it goes to tell all its friends about the awesome buffet we've set up!  Fingers crossed....

Ms. Ally and Ms. Kristin came this month to show and tell us more about bird feathers, both their anatomy and their uses.  We got to look at feathers under a microscope too.  That was super cool!  

We did begin going on...

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Feathers and Bird Walking (January and February)

It's been six months, and we still have yet to see a bird at our birdfeeders.  The ground is still frozen so we haven't been able to move them to a more desirable location yet.  Today, we did spy one lone dark-eyed junco under a bush NEAR our feeders.  We're hoping it goes to tell all its friends about the awesome buffet we've set up!  Fingers crossed....

Ms. Ally and Ms. Kristin came this month to show and tell us more about bird feathers, both their anatomy and their uses.  We got to look at feathers under a microscope too.  That was super cool!  

We did begin going on...

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Birds of Prey Center!

1st graders at Riverside Elementary had a fantastic time learning about California Condors and Peregrine Falcons.   Students were so excited to see both of these birds when visiting the Birds of Prey Center this month.  We also had a special treat when Ms. Deniz came to help up dissect Owl Pellets!  The kids LOVED this activity.  We have been more consistent with recording our daily feeder observations and continue to love to learn about birds!

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February Post

Our Finches and Sparrows must have found a new place to feed this month, we have not seen many at all.  We have had some visits by Eurasian Collared Doves and Mourning Doves though.  This month Mrs. Coffman taught our class about different kinds of bird mating rituals.  We are also working on a bird art project during our art time on Fridays.  We are looking forward to seeing more birds as the weather warms up soon!

Chicken problem solved

The chickens were invading our ground feeder. The problem was that the chickens were eating all the feed and no other birds could get to it. We solved the Problem by puting new wire under the fence so they couldn’t get past the fence and hanging the ground feeder up high so the chickens couldn’t reach it. 

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