Adams Elementary

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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!

The Great Migration Challenge

November 14, 2016 - 3:57pm -- Raptors

On Thursday, Miss Forderhaus came to class to teach us about migration of birds.

It's amazing what long distances some birds travel on their migratory routes! After that discussion, students participated in a game

that replicates some of the obstacles that birds might encounter on their journeys. Only about 50% of students (birds) were able to make the

complete migration.  Some ran into power lines, eaten by cats and other predators, or flew into a window. We really learned how difficult

migration can be for birds!

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Maggie Wilson, Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA

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