Adams Elementary

What's New

Bird Technicians

October 5, 2015 - 2:44pm -- Raptors

With our new year, we have new students to apply to become "Bird Technicians".

We had more that 3/4 of our class apply and ALL will have the position.

Lila's application stated:

"I love animals and I love to be with them. I think I would be good at this job because I'm good with animals

and I can be quiet andrespectful when I'm around birds. I would love to have this job because it seems

like fun! PLEASE accept this application."    Lila---YOU'RE HIRED!

That's just Ducky!

May 8, 2015 - 3:08pm -- Raptors

                For the last week we have had a pair of Mallard Ducks, male and female, hanging out below our feeders.

                      They have become more accustomed to kids walking past on their way to the cafeteria.

                               We are guessing that they have a clutch nearby, but we have not found it, yet.

                    The students are excited to know that soon we may have a whole family of ducks to observe!

Bird Walk

April 10, 2015 - 3:38pm -- Raptors

    We had a pleasant walk along the river today!  Mrs. Forderhase joined us as we walked from

    our school to the MK Nature Center.  Along the way we heard Song Sparrows in the wild rose bushes.

    As we approached the river, the air was full of song! The ponds behind our school had several Red-Winged Blackbirds

    marking their territory and perhaps showing-off a little for the females.

Along the river's edge we observed male Mallards and a Coot.  Of course, there were Canada Geese!  A pair appeared along

the banks of the river, so we gave them plenty of room as we passed-by.

    A pair of Wooducks were nesting on a man-made platform set up in the pond of the Nature Center. We needed to get back to school and on our

   way back one of our teams observed a pair of Northern Flickers flying up river.

We were welcomed back to school by the Red-Tailed Hawk who has a nest in a tree across the street from our school.

                                                                        What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Spring day!

Bird Courtship for Valentines Day!

February 13, 2015 - 4:36pm -- Raptors

      Ms. Forderhase came to see us and presented a very fun lesson about courtship behaviors of different bird species.

      We learned that male birds sometimes act as silly as humans when they are looking for a mate.

Females need to make good decisions so that they are sure that they will be cared for and that their babies will have good homes and plenty of food

to eat!  Some birds have funny-looking sacks on their throat that they blow up to attract a mate.  It may look silly to us, but the females birds think 

they are hot! I think our boys would have a lot of luck attracting a mate this way!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

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

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Ground 05/12/2016 - 9:30am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
2 Perched 05/10/2016 - 12:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 05/10/2016 - 12:30pm Details


Maggie Wilson, Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA


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