Adams Elementary

What's New

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!

Hyatt Wetlands

May 26, 2016 - 4:10pm -- Raptors

We had a wonderful visit to Hyatt Wetlands to observe different  species of wetland birds.

Our group was joined by Mrs. Forderhase and volunteers from the Audubon Society. Our teams counted over 250 birds, 

and identified 26 different species. Some of the birds included: Ring-necked ducks, Ruddy Ducks and Pied-billed Grebes.

We were excited to see a nesting Osprey and a Great Blue Heron. What a fun morning!

Spring Bird Walk

April 14, 2016 - 4:32pm -- Raptors

Our school is located next to the beautiful Boise River and today we took advantage of this great location to look for birds.

With the help of Mrs. Forderhase and other volunteers, we walked to a marshland that is situated behind the Natatorium. There we observed

Red-Winged Blackbirds who were establishing their territory by flying from reed to reed announcing to females that their's was the best home choice.

There were also Mallards and some Mourning Doves.  Then we walked closer to the river, but the water is so high and moving so fast, that there not

many waterfowl to be seen. We did spy some more Mallards on the shoreline and one group spotted a Downy Woodpecker in a Cottonwood tree.

As we walked back to school by the golf course, one group of students counted 23 Canada Geese feeding. Song Sparrows could also be heard (but not seen) in 

a tangle of wild roses.  In about an hour's time, our class saw approximately 140 birds!




What we've seen this school year


Maggie Wilson, Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA


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