February was the month of the Mourning Dove for Grace Jordan. We were able to see so many of these beautiful birds at the ground feeder this month. Even when the ground was still covered in snow they would visit our school. Students were amazed that they seemed completely unfazed by the squirrels who would sit right in the ground feeder as they searched for seeds nearby. We hope to see more Mourning Doves in the future, they are a calm and peaceful bird to watch.
Today Cory from the BLM brought Little Hawk to visit Lake Ridge. All the fifth grade and two second grade classes were able to see Little Hawk, learn about the characteristics of hawks, and ask Cory questions about birds of prey. Thank you, Cory, for bringing Little Hawk to visit our school.
Hi, this is Henry and Ben from Mr.Franz's class. Today, Mrs. Urban came to visit our class and taught us about bird reproduction and nesting. We learned that birds usually mate when food is abundant and the temperature is mild. When males are getting ready for breeding season, they claim territory and make nests, then when the females come, they sing to attract the female's attention or sometimes do a little dance. Most commonly then both parents will take care of their young and protect them from predators that are hiding and waiting for them to hatch. They will make nests that will...Read more
Today we saw a dead bird on the ground. Maybe that's why there were so few birds around. It started snowing on and off throughout our bird-watching session.
By: Addison and Tyler
Last,Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Mr.Evans from Birds Of Prey and The Peregrine Fund came back to our school for another visit. This time he brought a Swainsons Hawk named Griffin. Griffin is a female Swainsons Hawk. Griffin migrates south during winter to Argentina and Brazil to survive because Idaho does not have as many bugs as Argentina and this is mainly what Swainsons Hawks eat.
Griffin has adaptations like all predators who are raptors. One of her adaptations is a very long wingspan. Her...Read more
Miss Vicky was "in the house" at Trail Wind's Room 9 last week. The fourth graders got to see a live burrowing owl, dissect owl pellets, and hear different owl sounds through the allaboutbirds.org website. These pellets had so many bones! Several pairs of kids had six skulls in their pellets, and many hip, leg, and other bones were also found. Most of the kids wanted to take the bones home to show their family members. The day after Vicky's visit, one of my students played a recording of an owl that she and her mom had heard while walking the dog the previous night. Perfect timing!
Today our class welcomed Heather from the Intermountain Bird Observatory to our classroom,
She came to tell us about Long-Billed Curlews. What fascinating birds! We learned that they migrate from Idaho to
Southern California and Mexico every year. Scientists, like Heather, are trying to determine why this bird's population
has declined by almost 90% since the 1970's. We are excited to track the migration and movement of the birds
who are fitted with satellite transmitters.
We think everyone needs to be aware of these birds so that they can regain their...Read more
A few days of clear skies and sun, and the birds were no longer coming to our feeder. We had better luck finding birds perched high in trees and singing in the near neighborhood. But this morning the grey skies and raindrops returned, and so did the birds. Our feeders are busy again.
Mr. Monte and Slim came to visit Liberty Elementary in early February. Slim is a golden eagle, which is exciting because our school mascot is a bald eagle! Ms. Silver's class joined us in the cafeteria to hear all about Slim's experiences in movies. We loved asking questions about the size of food Slim could eat! It was pretty exciting to feel the wind on our faces from a golden eagle flapping. We learned more about birds of prey and how even the feathers are protected by law.
Also in February, Ms. Heather from the Intermountain Bird Observatory came to tell...Read more
Mrs. Hugo was in last week for her January visit. She taught my students about the adaptation of birds beaks. After watching a movie on the different types of bill, the students were divided up into rotations. Each rotation had "bird food" and examples of "bird beaks." The kids experimented with which beak was best for which type of food. For example, which of the following "beaks" (straw, tweezers, or salad tongs) be best to eat gummy worms in oatmeal? They had a blast and hopefully learned a lot!