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Where are the birds?

Lake Ridge bird feeders have been set up now for over a month, and the birds are few and far between. We have had a few doves and some of the neighborhood chickens but no sparrows or finches. Are any of the rest of the Bird by Bird schools having the same problem?

September Visit with Mrs. Hugo

This past week we had our first visit from Mrs. Hugo. Here are some things my students learned from her:

I learned about birds and one thing I learned was eagles almost went extinct. She showed us bird sounds on her phone. She showed us a slideshow about  all types of birds. Amarra

Mrs. Hugo came yesterday to teach us about birds. First, she put on a slide show about birds for us to watch. Then, Mrs. Hugo told the class that eagles almost went extinct. Last, she put bird sounds on her phone. Lily

When Mrs. Hugo came in we got to learn about birds. One cool thing...

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Little Hawk Visits!

Our class was very happy and excited to have Mrs. F visit us today with her friend Little Hawk.

Little Hawk is a Swainson's Hawk and has a wingspan of 4 1/2 feet. She was a little nervous, but we remained quiet and did not

move quickly. In the wild, Swainson's Hawks migrate as far as Argentina from Idaho. We don't see these hawks in the winter

because they are in South America. It was great to see this bird up close. She is a beautiful raptor!

Mrs.Urban's Visit

Hi, this is Jane and Grace and last Wednesday Mrs.Urban came to Mr. Franz’s class at Highlands Elementary to talk to us about birds. She taught us about different types of birds and their adaptations. One type of bird was called a California quail that has a top-knot. Another type of bird is called a House Finch. A house finch is brown and white with streaks. Also, there’s a bird called the Red-Winged Black Bird. A Red-Winged BlackBird comes to the feeders in the winter time. One of our favorites that Mrs.Urban talked about is called the Anna’s Hummingbird which are beautiful...

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Bird Banding!

RIverside 1st graders had a great time bird banding!  We caught: 2 white crowned sparrows, 1 warbling vireo, and 1 yellow warbler.  The kids were very excited and this field trip really "kick started" our birding! Only one wasp sting, one lost water bottle, one fall, 42 goat heads removed, 4 birds banded, 21 happy first graders, and one tired teacher!  Thanks Ms. Heidi for the great experience!


Bird Observations Week 3

Ten students observed birds today in the Community Garden at two separate times (3:05-3:20 and 3:25-3:40).  Students observed and identified 3 species: American Goldfinch, California quail, and Black-capped Chickadees.  Here are some of the students’ comments today:  

I thought that it was interesting that some American Goldfinches stayed at the feeders, even though we were close.”

What I found interesting was how many birds there were.

They were pretty.

I found it interesting that the birds are out in...

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Class Pollinator Garden

Mrs. Crawford’s Class Passion Project

Reported by Megan B


         This year Mrs. Crawford’s class decided to plant a pollinator garden as our fall passion project. Our goal was to improve the way our school looks and also attract birds, bees, and butterflies. We decided to plant the flower bed next to the fifth-grade door on the east end of the school building.

         The first day we began to get the area ready to garden. We removed the bark chips and weed barrier. Then the next day we...

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Those Stealing Birds

I have commented several times about how nice it is to be able to teach about birds at Kuna High School. It being a rural school like it is increases the chance of seeing some really fun and amazing things. Like all other schools though sometimes we witness crimes. What kind of crimes you ask, STEALING! Yesterday we started out on a field trip to the hay field across the street. We were are at our staging area right in front of the school when it happened. Up in the sky a student noticed a Swainson's Hawk it was in a stoop with it wings folded and diving at a 45 degree angle to the hay...

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Friday 9/8

Today we got to go outside to observe birds. It was sunny and warm. There was a total of 40 birds fying aorund.

Thursday Birding Week 2

The seventh grade "Exploring Science" students made three 15 minute observations today at the bird feeders! Each group observed and identified American Goldfinches and California Quail. One group recorded 11 goldfinches at the feeders at one time. In class, each student has select a local bird to learn about and present that information to their classmates! Until next week, happy birding:)