April has been hopping

April has been hopping

April 26, 2018 - 7:40pm -- adale

A lot has been happening around Kuna in the month of April. Monti Tish and Slim came out to see us again and were a hit yet again. The students asked some great questions and got some great pictures of Slim with their phones. We have been keeping an eye on a large stick neck just about half a block from the school and especially in the last month or so, we have been watching the female red tailed hawk diligently incubating the eggs. About a week ago we noticed that the female was acting a little different, like she was being more attentive but as up moving around and it definately looked like she could be feeding babies. Sure enough, Monday of this week we could see little fuzzy heads poking up and today the babies are big enough that we are able to see the entire head. The nest is so close to the school we can walk over there from the front door and make observations for a while and the students love it. Yesterday while we were there the male flew in with lunch and feed the babies. It is so nice to have two spotting scopes so we can keep our dstance and not disturb anyone. In March the class started reading The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. It is a book all about bird behavior. The next part is kind of a long story so I will just give you the highlights. Jennifer Ackerman,  the author,  found out I was using her book in my class and she wrote me an email and asked me if there was anything she could do to help us. She lives in North Carolina so she cannot just pop over to Kuna but she did agree to have a Skype session with us so we can discuss bird behavior and the stories in her book with her. So in about a week we will Skype with a New York Times Bestselling author. How cool is that.

Allen Dale, Grade 10
Kuna, Idaho USA

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