Adams Elementary

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Merlin!

February 1, 2018 - 4:00pm -- Raptors

Ms. Forderhase brought an old friend into class on Friday! His name is Merlin and he is a Great Horned Owl.

He was found many years ago near a road, having suffered from a broken wing. His wing is still a little droopy, but Ms. F said the he can

fly up to his perch from the floor-about 3-4 feet. He has enormous talons. If he was in the wild, he would use them to capture his food. He has no eye muscles because his

skull is very small. He can rotate his head about 270*. We all enjoyed meeting him, and I think he kind of liked us too!

Idaho Native Plants

December 8, 2017 - 4:48pm -- Raptors

Today our class got to plant native seeds in trays for planting in the Fall. We were joined by Sean Finn of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society and Kristin Gnojewski.

They brought Showy Goldeneye, Yellow Beeplant, Munro's Globemallow, Rabbit Brush,  and Antelope Bitterbrush seeds. Everyone had the opportunity to plant and then we set the trays outside our classroom. We had to protect them from the birds and the squirrles, so Sean wrapped the trays in chicken wire. We will be watching for new growth in the Spring. Next school year, 4th graders will plant these at the Warm Springs Park that is located behind our school.

 

   

Surprise Visitor!

October 25, 2017 - 1:56pm -- Raptors

On Friday, while Mr. Giibbons was visiting our class to teach a lesson, I saw an interesting thing!

A squirrel was balancing on the fence outside our window when a Red-Tailed Hawk suddenly appeared and tried to catch it! The squirrel  got away and the hawk sat on the fence for a few moments.

I was so proud that i didn't interrupt the lesson. I wrote down what I saw and told Ms. Wilson later. Another kids also saw it so we could indentify the hawk.

We told Mr. Gibbons about it later. I love watching what goes on outside our classroom windows!---Giddeon

Little Hawk Visits!

September 22, 2017 - 1:55pm -- Raptors

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!

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Timesort descending Link

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
5 Feeder 11/11/2014 - 10:00am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
9 Feeder 01/29/2015 - 1:15pm Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Ground 05/08/2015 - 2:00pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Feeder 11/12/2015 - 12:45pm Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
2 Perched 11/20/2015 - 10:30am Details

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)
5 Feeder 11/20/2015 - 10:30am Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
2 Perched 12/16/2015 - 12:30pm Details

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)
1 Feeder 12/16/2015 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 01/12/2016 - 9:00am Details

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
5 Feeder 01/13/2016 - 12:45pm Details

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Maggie Wilson, Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA

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