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Hyatt Hidden Lakes

April 14, 2017 - 1:51pm -- Raptors

Our class was joined by memeber of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society at Hyatt Hidden Lakes on Thursday.

Between raindrops, our class identified many types of birds that come to the area to enjoy the wetlands. Our group saw dozens of Canada Geese. 

In smaller numbers, they recorded seeing Northern Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, American Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, Ring-Tailed Ducks and several Lesser Scaups.

We also spied a Swainson's Hawk and a Kestrel. The Song Sparrows created lovely music for our field trip.  Thanks to Miss Forderhase for help and gluidance.

 

Wild Bird Festival

April 14, 2017 - 1:44pm -- Raptors

Just before Spring Break, Our class conducted a "Wild Bird Festival" for our 1st grade classes.

The younger students seemed to really enjoy learning all about birds from the older students.

Students moved through stations including:  Fill the Bill where they learned how different birds have different bills according to what they eat.

Fine Art of Nesting where they learned about different types of nests and created their own and Grizzly Gizzard where they duplicated how birds

digest their food. There was also a Observation Station where students learned how to use binoculars and identify birds at the feeder.

Fourth Graders did an excellent job and First Graders learned so much!

Curlews in the Classroom

February 16, 2017 - 1:55pm -- Raptors

Today our class welcomed Heather from the Intermountain Bird Observatory to our classroom,

She came to tell us about Long-Billed Curlews. What fascinating birds! We learned that they migrate from Idaho to

Southern California and Mexico every year. Scientists, like Heather, are trying to determine why this bird's population

has declined by almost 90% since the 1970's. We are excited to track the migration and movement of the birds

who are fitted with satellite transmitters.

We think everyone needs to be aware of these birds so that they can regain their former numbers.

Idaho Power Protecting Raptors

January 24, 2017 - 4:30pm -- Raptors

Today we had a guest visit our classroom. Russ Weedon from Idaho Power shared  how dangerous

power lines and transformers can be to Birds of Prey. He told us about working with Raptor Biologist,

Morley Nelson to design special platforms that Osprey, Perigines and Eagles can use safely to build their nests.

The platforms protect the birds from coming in contact with electrical lines (that were electrocuting birds at an

alarming rate). Idaho had the first Bird Protection program like this in the United States.

Just another reason to be proud to live in Idaho!

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
5 Feeder 03/16/2017 - 1:45pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 02/07/2017 - 2:00pm Details

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
1 Flying 02/07/2017 - 2:00pm Details

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
1 Feeder 02/07/2017 - 2:00pm Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Perched 05/12/2016 - 10:30am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
1 Flying 05/12/2016 - 10:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
3 Flying 05/12/2016 - 10:30am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
3 Ground 05/12/2016 - 10:30am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
1 Flying 05/12/2016 - 9:45am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 05/12/2016 - 9:45am Details

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Maggie Wilson, Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA

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