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Bird FEST 2016

May 25, 2016 - 3:37pm -- jenniferbond

Reporters: Savanna and Izzy

On May 24th and 25th, Mrs. Bond’s class hosted a Bird Fest for the 2nd graders at Grace Jordan. There were nine stations to visit and explore.The fifth graders spent about one1 ½  weeks preparing for the Bird Fest.

During Bird Fest, there were 9 booths that the second graders could travel to. The stations were Oily Problems, Aiming to Save, The Fine Art Of Nesting, Habitat match, Eye See You, Bird Team Sport Trivia, Grizzly Gizzards, Avian Antics, and Eggstravaganza. At each booth there was an activity for the 2nd graders to participate in. At Oily Problems 2nd graders learned about the effects that oil spills have on birds. In  Aiming to Save the younger kids learned about the things birds need to survive by playing putt-putt golf. In the Fine Art Of Nesting Kids learned the complexity of building a nest, while they attempted to build a nest out of the same materials birds use.

In Habitat Match, kids analyzed clues to discover the habitat of different species of birds. In Eye See You, the second graders learned about the different ways birds use sight and how the use their eyes help them hunt and survive. In Grizzly Gizzards, the kids used balloons to demonstrate how a bird's gizzard works. At the Avian Antics booth, 2nd graders played a wacky game of charades to learn the importance of courtship behaviors. At the Eggstravaganza booth kids learned the parts of an egg.     

All of the participants, 2nd and 5th graders alike, l enjoyed Mrs. Bond’s Bird Fest. At the end of the Bird Fest the kids and teachers danced to “Rockin Robin”, (performed by Bobby Day). Mrs. Bond’s class would like send a shout out to Mrs. Holtz, for letting us use her gym and the second grade P.E. time. “Thank you Mrs. Holtz!” Therefore, everyone had a good time. Bird Fest 2016 was a success!                 

Mr. R. brings a Hawk!

April 29, 2016 - 3:39pm -- jenniferbond

by Elizabeth

On April 21, 2016 Mr.Ridenhour came to Mrs. Bond’s class with a treat. That’s right it was a hawk, but what type of hawk? Red-tail? Harris’s? No... Mr.Ridenhour brought a Swainson’s Hawk.  

Mr.Ridenhour started to tell the class about what makes a hawk  different from all other birds. He said they have a hooked beak, sharp talons, eat mammals, and have very good eyesight. Then he talked to Mrs. Bond’s class about how high the Swainson’s flies. He said they fly about 1,000 feet into the sky. The last thing Mr.Ridenhour told Miss.Bond’s class

was that if a hawk gets hot it will pant like a dog to help it cool off.

Mrs.Bond’s class hopes to see what Mr. Ridenhour will bring next time. Maybe he will bring a Golden eagle next time.


LOVE Birds

March 19, 2016 - 7:27pm -- jenniferbond

by Shadrach

Just like people birds love too. Mr.Ridenhour talked to Mrs.Bond´s class about love birds on Friday, February 26, 2016. They loved Mr.Ridenhour´s presentation.

Birds have courtship behaviors for many reasons. The first reason is to attract a mate. The second reason is to help distinguish (identify) different species. Third, it reduces territory aggression (fights). Also courtship behaviors display health, strength, and desirability.

There are many different types of courtship behaviors, such as singing, feather displays, dancing, preening feathers, and nest building. The most interesting one was feather displays such as puffing out bright air sacs.

It’s not only people that love, but birds do too. Thanks Mr. Ridenhour for giving a hilarious, yet educational presentation about love birds.

How Birds Survive the Winter

February 3, 2016 - 9:16am -- jenniferbond

by Izzy and Tabitha

On January 22, 2016, Mr. Ridenhour came to Mrs. Bond’s classroom. While he was there he taught the class how birds survive the winter. Birds   have certain behaviors and adaptations that they can use to keep themselves warm. One adaption they use is tucking their feet into their breast feathers so their feet stay warm.

Did you know? Bigger birds can survive the winter better than smaller birds. Smaller birds have a higher metabolism, or energy to live. The smaller you are the less body heat you make, so you have to burn more food to stay warm.  Bigger birds survive better because they have more body heat, a slower metabolism and use less energy to find food than smaller birds. Mr. Ridenhour explained that some birds can shut their metabolism off and save energy!



What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 11/14/2017 - 11:00am Details

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
1 Feeder 11/14/2017 - 11:00am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
4 Feeder 11/10/2017 - 10:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
5 Ground 11/08/2017 - 8:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Ground 11/02/2017 - 12:15pm Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
8 Ground 10/31/2017 - 11:00am Details

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
1 Feeder 10/26/2017 - 1:30pm Details

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)
1 Feeder 10/26/2017 - 1:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
5 Feeder 10/26/2017 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
9 Feeder 10/26/2017 - 10:15am Details


Ian Neely, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA


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