Grace Jordan Elementary

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January Post

January 31, 2018 - 3:44pm -- ianneely

This month we did not see nearly as many birds as we have in previous months.  We only had to fill the bird feeders up a few times.  Hopefully we will see more birds at our school as the weather warms up.  We did have a very exciting visit from Ms. Coffman and Little Hawk, who is a Swainson Hawk.  Little Hawk got a little excited at first and tried to jump away, but after awhile Little Hawk calmed down and we were able to look closely at this beautiful bird.  We've also been studying Newton's Laws in science and we made some connections with the the laws and how birds fly.  

*December Post

January 8, 2018 - 7:52am -- ianneely

In December we wrapped up the final edits of our bird essays.  The students worked hard to create a polished final product.  Each student researched a different bird and examined ways that it has adapted to be successful.  We also had a visit from Mrs. Coffman.  She talked to us about bird calls and songs.  The students were surprised to hear many familiar songs during her lesson.  They will use this knowledge to more accurately identify birds at our feeders.  Speaking of which, they are up and ready to go for the next month!

Winter Birding

November 30, 2017 - 11:09am -- ianneely

This week Mrs. Coffman came to Grace Jordan to teach the 6th graders about bird watching in the winter.  She described the 15 most common birds that we might see during this season.  The students used identification techniques that they have learned this year to make predictions.  For example, they looked at the shape of the beak to determine what the bird might eat and use that information to guess if it was a finch, sparrow, woodpecker, or in another category.  The students were engaged and excited when they were able to correctly identify the pictures.  We continue to see lots of finches and sparrows at Grace Jordan but we are hopeful that we will get to see some of the interesting species that Mrs. Coffman shared with us.  

IBO Field Trip

October 20, 2017 - 9:54am -- ianneely

On Wednesday the 6th graders were able to go to the Boise River to catch and release some wild birds.  The ornithologists there were extremely knowledgable and the kids were engaged in the entire process.  It was a little windy so we were only able to catch a few song sparrows and a quail.  The kids were also tasked with organizing some data that the scientists had captured using camera traps.  All in all it was a fantastic field trip!

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Timesort descending Link

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
2 Flying 10/03/2012 - 1:45pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Ground 10/03/2012 - 1:45pm Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
7 Flying 10/03/2012 - 1:45pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Ground 10/31/2012 - 9:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 10/31/2012 - 9:00pm Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
5 Flying 10/31/2012 - 9:00pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Ground 12/10/2012 - 11:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 12/10/2012 - 11:45am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Feeder 12/12/2012 - 9:45am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Feeder 12/12/2012 - 9:45am Details

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