Heidi and Heather:
Thank you both for all you have done for our students. We are working on our curlew posters for the fences. Curlews are a big topic in our 6th grade classes. We are so sad that the trackers near the mall were just Jay testing old ones, and not urban curlews! We were about to take a field trip! Your willingness to take Rowan and his Mom out to the farm was outstanding. Rowan returned to school and told us so many interesting things. He was on fire about the male curlew territorial behaviors. We heard about the burrowing owl, the Ferruginous and Harris hawks too. What a great morning. You guys rock! And then it turns out that Logan (the high school student on your fieldwork trip) was also one of our TVCS birders and 8th grade graduates a few years back. Makes you realize that there is longevity in your efforts for Bird By Bird.
The pollinator garden is officially on the move. That is our school project. It will be in early stages in May when the Bird by Bird group meets, but it is getting going! The 6th graders with some 7th grade help, moved 4 yards of a lava fines, sand, topsoil mix into the mound area where we will plant buckwheat and other plants that will attract native insect pollinators. This is in the middle of our bird garden. We are very happy with the way this little plot is integrating with landscaping trees at WINCO and in the neighborhood. Birds use the local conifers and other deciduous trees as cover when they are disturbed by people or hawks. The two pinyon pines that we added last fall, are already providing a little ground cover for a brave visiting junco. The American goldfinch boys are nearly done molting and replacing old body feathers with new bright yellows. So fun for students to watch, especially with binoculars. Our 'noc skills are getting better. The American goldfinches are regulars at the feeders and this week one student reported a little territorial dispute near the feeders. We are hoping that maybe there will be a goldfinch nest or two in the neighborhood. Most certainly the house finches have identified a nearby spruce for nesting. The females have been seen carrying pine needles and small sticks into the tree. All so cool to see. Thank you again for these great experiences!
Apologies for typos!