Garfield Elementary

Most elementary students can recognize every character in the cartoon series, “Sponge Bob Square Pants”.  Students can also tell you at least twenty different maneuvers to defeat their opponent when playing video games on the Wii, Play Station or X Box.  Most students are unaware about the interesting and captivating world outside their window…. bird watching!

The Bird by Bird program allows students the opportunity to witness nature at it’s best!  This program is promoted at Garfield Elementary to encourage students to get outside and become aware of the exciting world on the other side of their door!

"Students observe feeders and record information of what they see.  They are excited to visit the observation station and are motivated to identify birds they see.  Others who observe our feeders also comment on how entertaining the birds, (and occasional squirrel) are to watch!  

Each student is responsible for becoming an “expert” on one specific type of bird.  They take ownership of this project and are consistently digging for more information to learn more about birds.  Students enjoy drawing, classifying and identifying many different birds.  This program is easily integrated into all curricular areas and students are always learning important and beneficial information through this program. They are engaged and show a love for learning when working with the Bird by Bird program.

Students have observed the cycle of bird life!  This year, we have watched pigeons lay eggs, feed their chicks and now await for the grown chicks to venture out to start a life of their own! 

Students that have been involved with the Bird by Bird program in the past, constantly check in on the feeders and continue to show interest in the program.   When students see different birds around their community or on a family vacation, they are excited to share their birding stories! 

The goal of Bird by Bird is to motivate students to get “up and out”!  Hopefully, they will develop a love for bird watching and become life-long birders! 

The facilitators of the Bird by Bird program are OUTSTANDING!  They teach students critical information and provide students with the tools to become great bird watchers.   Providers for the program are so generous!  The program would not be possible with out the financial support and kindness of the people who provide our school with the materials for the Bird by Bird program. 

We feel very lucky to have this program at our school.  We are thankful and appreciate all the hard work and dedication of those who make this program possible. 

Thank you for caring about the education of our future."

Joni Brooks,
3rd grade teacher

What's New

Bird Walk!

May 23, 2016 - 9:55pm -- Joni Brooks

Today our 3rd graders were lucky to go on a great bird walk at Kathryn Albertson's Park.  Mrs. Deniz was there to help out and we were lucky to have her!  Thanks Mrs. D.!!  Students were happy to see and hear many birds.  They loved being outside and were thrilled when they were able to identify birds by sight and sound!  They are true birders!  I'm sad I will be leaving to another school and hope Garfield will continue the bird program.  Bird by Bird has allowed me to grow as a teacher and as a person.  Thanks everyone involved with making this program happen! It really  does facilitate students' love for nature and birds!!  Thank you Mrs. D. for always being such a wonderful leader in our classroom, you will always be "The Bird Lady" at our school! Thank you!!

Bird Banding!!

April 6, 2016 - 4:42pm -- Joni Brooks

Today the 3rd graders were so lucky to see many different species of birds while bird banding!  They were very excited to see the birds caught in the nets.  We saw: blackcapped chickadees, a ruby crowned kinglet, a California quail, and a white crowned sparrow!  The students even spotted a red-tailed hawk!  A great day with only one crying student, one bleeding student, and everyone made it back to school only slightly sun burned.  :)

Thanks Heidi and helpers for making our day wonderful!

Excited for Bird Banding!

April 1, 2016 - 3:26pm -- Joni Brooks

Our class has been consistently recording our birding observations!  Now, we are very excited to take a trip to the Boise River to observe some bird banding.  We have made predictions that we will see: House Wrens, Black Capped Chickadees, and warblers!  We have also practiced how to identify poison ivy..... hopefully to avoid any we see! We have also been getting compliments on our bird art created with chalk pastels!  April should be a wonderful birding month!

Distracting Birds!

January 31, 2016 - 7:15pm -- Joni Brooks

We continue to have many House Sparrows and Rock Pigeons visiting our feeders.  Multiple staff members have commented how much they enjoy walking into the front doors of our school while listening to the birds singing.  We moved our observation location so students would have more times available to them to view the birds.  Also, our previous viewing location was so busy with birds, that during meetings staff and parents were missing parts of the meeting due to watching the birds!!  Although we don't have many varities of birds, students continue to enjoy learning about different species and are motivated to learn more about birds.  They look foward to Mrs. D. 's visit each month!  



Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
0 Feeder 09/27/2016 - 9:30am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
3 Flying 05/25/2016 - 10:45am Details

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
3 Flying 05/11/2016 - 10:45am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Flying 05/06/2016 - 2:30pm Details

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
4 Perched 05/06/2016 - 2:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 05/06/2016 - 10:45am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 05/04/2016 - 2:30pm Details

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
1 Ground 05/03/2016 - 2:30pm Details

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
2 Feeder 05/03/2016 - 2:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Feeder 04/29/2016 - 2:30pm Details


Joni Brooks, Grade 3
Boise, Idaho USA


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