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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!


Mr. Ridenhour Shares the Joy of Feeding Birds

January 2, 2016 - 10:51am -- jenniferbond

by reporters: Savanna and Shad



Mr. Ridenhour visited Mrs. Bond’s 5th grade class on Friday, December 12, 2015. His presentation was about feeding birds in your backyard. He told Mrs. Bond’s class three things about feeders. First, Mr. Ridenhour explained the types of feeders. Next, he described where to put the feeders. Then, he told the class about feeder maintenance and species of birds he saw in his backyard.

To start, Mr. Ridenhour explained to the class five types of feeders. The platform, the hopper, and the window feeder were the first three. Next, the niger feeder, and the suet feeder were the last two.

Mr. Ridenhour described to the class where they should put feeders. First, he told the class to put feeders in a quiet place that’s easy to see and easy to refill. Mr. Ridenhour also told Mrs. Bond’s class to put feeders less than three feet away from the window to prevent birds from flying into the window.

Next Mr. Ridenhour educated Mrs. Bond’s students about feeder maintenance. Clean feeders regularly he said to prevent disease. Finally, he amazed his listeners with how many species of birds he has seen in his backyard. Mr. Ridenhour told the class that he has seen 70 different species of birds in his backyard!

In end, Mr. Ridenhour surprised the class with their very own hopper feeder and seed from Julie Steele at Wild Birds Unlimited. Although assembling feeders was a challenge, fun was had by all! Students plan to hang them at home and watch the birds and squirrels flock. Thank you Mr. Ridenhour and Mrs. Steele for sharing the joy of feeding birds.



What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
22 Ground 02/25/2019 - 9:15am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
7 Ground 02/22/2019 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
10 Bath 02/17/2019 - 8:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
10 Ground 02/12/2019 - 10:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
10 Ground 02/12/2019 - 10:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Ground 02/11/2019 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
11 Perched 02/06/2019 - 10:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
4 Ground 02/05/2019 - 10:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
12 Ground 02/05/2019 - 9:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
15 Perched 02/05/2019 - 9:45am Details


Ian Neely, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.5927
Longitude: -116.262


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