Adams Elementary

What's New

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!

Intermountain Bird Observatory River Site

October 14, 2016 - 1:13pm -- Raptors

We had a great visit to the Intermountain Bird Observatory River site on September 22.

Students observed several different species that had been intecepted by the staff in nets that were set up near the river.

There were several Ruby Crowned Kinglets, a male and female Orange Crowned Warbler and a few House Finches.

What a wonderful opportunity and so close to our school!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
2 Ground 04/19/2019 - 9:15am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Feeder 04/19/2019 - 9:15am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Ground 04/19/2019 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Ground 04/19/2019 - 9:15am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Ground 04/19/2019 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Ground 04/19/2019 - 1:00am Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
1 Feeder 04/18/2019 - 10:30am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
4 Perched 04/18/2019 - 10:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Feeder 04/18/2019 - 10:30am Details

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
2 Flying 04/18/2019 - 10:15am Details


Maggie Wilson, Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.603
Longitude: -116.174


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