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TJCS up and birding

Starting the B3 program today in class- expect postings each Friday :)

Budding scientists

This week the 6th graders have been learning how to be observant scientists.  We've been seeing many birds by our feeders and at first it was difficult for the students to contain their excitement.  Naturally this would scare the birds away so we have been studying how good scientists make observations.  The students have become much more patient and calm around the feeders, which has allowed them to sit much closer to the feeders and create sketches of the birds as they visit.  Overall the students seem excited to start the program and learn more about birds.

We are up and running at Trail Wind!

We filled placed our bird feeders in the outdoor classroom and got them filled on Tuesday! We also added a hummingbird feeder to see if we could draw some hummingbirds in before they migrate. Miss Vicky came on Wednesday, and we learned what special qualities make a bird a bird. She brought a Kestrel, which was a hit with the students. Of course, I forgot to take pictures again, so no uploaded pictures go with this post.

On the second day of school, when I explained how my class gets to participate in the Bird by Bird program, what we get to do, and that we were going on a bird...

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We're Back!

Kuna is back for another year of learning about birds and turning kids into birders even if they don't know it. Today was the first day of Ornithology so we hit the ground running and we went on our first field trip around the school. I wanted to make sure they were able to see some of the common birds that are here through the summer but are on the way south right now. We were able to find two Swainson's hawks and about ten Brewer's Blackbirds. This is going to be a great year!

First Day of School & Lake Ridge Feeders are ready to go.

Today Mrs. Crawford's eagerly set up their bird feeders. Students are eager for the birds to arrive.

House Finch Fledglings

For much of the month of May, a pair of house finch, two male American goldfinch, and a pair of lesser gold finch found morning and evening sustenance at our feeders.  It was a quiet time at our window.  But for the last week, clown-like baby finches, have been shaking their wings and arching their greedy mouths at frantic adults.  Filling the sunflower feeder is a twice a day task.  One of the best additions to our feeding poles is a clamp to attach natural branches.  The babies perch on the twigs by their adults, begging for food.  And we have watched the regurgitation process. We think...

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Kathryn Albertson's Field Trip

Brrrr! It was cold, but the rain held off!  We saw more than 15 different types of birds and learned some new bird facts from Ms. Ware!  We played Migration games, made our name out of nature, and played Birdie Bingo.  We are graphing the birds we saw and each learned something new today!  Great day for birding!

Spring has sprung!

May 17, 2017

It's been another very busy month in Lower Montessori and spring has sprung!  Both Upper and Lower Montessori painted curlews and had so much fun.  We can't wait to see the flock!

With our facilitators, Ally and Kristin, we tried a second year at hatching chicks. This year we had one sweet little yellow "guy" hatch, but he died a day later.  The kids had so much fun that first day watching him dry off and wobble around in the incubator.  

Two days later another little "guy" hatched! Yayy!  We were pretty nervous to see if he would survive...

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Second Annual Kuna High School Bird Festival

Friday May 5th the first graders from Crimson Point Elementary came over the the high school for the second annual bird festival. The ornithology classes put the festival on, student groups of 3 or 4 took first grade students through games that were fun but also taught a lot about birds. We also had two falconers join us with their birds, a kestrel and prairie falcon. As you can see from the photos the falcons were a big hit. The festival went very well and I am very proud of all my students.

Beautiful day on the river

Our class hit the jackpot in the weather lottery for our birding field trip! Jackets were optional yesterday morning as we arrived at the Boise River and met Miss Heidi and Miss Vicky. Due to the flooding, we couldn't band birds, but we saw vultures, flicker, heron, geese, seagulls, cowbirds, ravens, and other birds. We learned more about bird song and sonagrams, listened to bird song, and created our own sonagrams from environmental sounds. We even had a wren answer when Miss Heidi played wren song. Miss Heidi also showed us her trail cameras, and the kids got to see what kinds of...

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