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.