We arrived at school in August to find a very appealing, friendly, hungry cat living right in our bird zone. We know the neighborhood cats visit during winter, but a resident bird-feeder cat is not desirable. Our first job this year was to befriend and capture the animal. It wasn't hard, and after a visit to the vet we learned that this young 2-year old feline was already neutered, but riddled with worms. She had been living at school for several weeks according to our custodian so we suspect she had left behind by her people. The cat now has a new family, a new name and lives...Read more
The students in Mrs. Crawford's fifth grade class have installed our bird feeders and bird bath. We are waiting for our first birds to arrive. Next week students will be learning to identify the house sparrow, house finch, gold finch, rock pigeon, mourning dove, and Eurasian collared dove. Thanks to all the agencies that fund the Bird by Bird progam.
Feeders are up and ready on the Ockley Green campus! We are so excited to represent Oregon in the Bird by Bird program. On Tuesday, September 16th, our two 6th grade classes helped construct and install the feeders. Students were excited to get outside, see the site, and get things established. Thus far, we haven't seen any birds, but we're hoping they find the feeders soon!
Parents will learn about our Bird by Bird Program at open house. Hopefully with the knowledge of the program, parents will get involved and support their children as future birders!!
Bird by Bird Idaho welcomes our first "sister school" in Portland, Oregon, to the program! Ockley Middle School is going to pilot the program this year with their 6th graders. Thanks to Principal Molly Chun, teacher Sue Peters, facilitators Vanessa Loverti, Nanette Seto, and Laura Newton. Take flight, "Bird by Bird OREGON!"
Bird by Bird is so appreciative of the generosity and assistance from Wild Birds Unlimited in Boise. Owners, Julie and Boyd Steele, are very dedicated to the program. So much in fact that Julie is the Bird by Bird facilitator for Star Elementary. Each year WBU donates bird feeders to every Bird by Bird student. This has enabled the students to share their knowledge and love of birds with their families right in their own backyard! Thank you!
Students at Garfield Elementary, Sage Charter, and Anser Charter School were treated to a visit by a golden eagle. Monte Tish, from Tish Raptor Rehabilitators, visited the schools to share his knowledge of raptors along with "Slim", a golden eagle that Monte acquired decades ago from Morley Nelson. Slim has been highlighted in movies and commercials over the years. Students learned about raptor ecology, falconry and threats to raptors in Idaho.
We were so excited to receive such a generous gift from Julie! Students are excited to hang there feeders and watch for birds! Goooooo birders!!