The Great Backyard Bird Count in Kuna

The Great Backyard Bird Count in Kuna

February 16, 2018 - 9:17pm -- adale

What an exciting afternoon! Today was an official vacation day for students but three of them came to school on there day off to take part in our first official Great Backyard Bird Count. It was started in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society and was meant for people to be involved in a citizen-science project that collects data on wild birds. This was a great way for me to involve students in the ornithology in a real science project. I was so thrilled that three kids showed up I just kept thanking them for coming. One of them asked me, "how many kids did you expect to show up" to which I honestly addmitted that didn't didn't expect any. It's alway iffy with high school kids on a day off, they are usually working. We finished going over "Tips for identifying unknown birds" so this was a great time for us to practice using things like size and shape and behavior to identify unknowns birds. They really were getting good at it. One saw the lightning fast flight of dark eyed juncos and was able to use their flight behavior to identify them without any help from me. One of them spotted a very large bird in the distance that turned out to be a mature bald eagle. We also got really good looks at a pair of red tailed hawks that were sitting in and right around their nest. What a great day. The thing that made it so great was not just seeing the birds we don't normally see that much but it was watching them get truly involved and having fun seeing and observing the birds. One of them told me he just took the class because he needed the credit and thought ornithology would be a fun class. As time went by today I could tell he was getting hooked. 

Allen Dale, Grade 10
Kuna, Idaho USA

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