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A Visit From Mr. Evans by Grace & Leya

September 29, 2017 - 11:53am -- Brianwhitney

Hi this is Grace and Leya. We are in fourth grade at Hidden Springs Elementary. Last Tuesday, Mr. Evans from the Peregrine Fund came to Hidden Springs Elementary. He taught us about birds and habitats. Mr. Evans taught us that if a House Sparrow is in a habitat it does not really give us any good clues about how healthy the habitat is because a House Sparrow can either live in a bad habitat or good habitat. If you see a Dark Eyed Junco it means it is a decent habitat. If a Sage Sparrow is in a habitat it means it's a really good habitat.

He also taught us what words to use to describe birds’ body parts. This will help us identify what certain types of birds look like so we could identify them without just saying, “Look at that bird with blue on it”.

We're excited for other visits from Mr. Evans and now we know how to identify a bird and see if it’s in a good habitat.


Swainson’s Hawk

February 22, 2017 - 12:26pm -- Brianwhitney


By: Addison and Tyler

Last,Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Mr.Evans from Birds Of Prey and The Peregrine Fund came back to our school for another visit. This time he brought a Swainsons Hawk named Griffin. Griffin is a female Swainsons Hawk. Griffin migrates south during winter to Argentina and Brazil to survive because Idaho does not have as many bugs as Argentina and this is mainly what Swainsons Hawks eat.

Griffin has adaptations like all predators who are raptors. One of her adaptations is a very long  wingspan. Her wingspan is about three feet long; it's almost as tall as me! Just joking. Her large wingspan is to help her catch her prey easier.

Before Mr. Evans left he showed us a chart and discussed research about not getting enough food near roads. The study examined if this might be because road noise may affect the birds. Birds were netted in an area with no noise and others were netted in an area that had speakers installed playing recorded road noise (there was really no road, it was called a phantom road). The birds netted in the area with speakers had less fat on their bodies than the birds in the area with no road noise. It was very interesting to learn about this type of research!

We are very excited for the next time Mr. Evans visits our school! Thank you.




Aplomado Falcon!

December 21, 2016 - 11:55am -- Brianwhitney

By Jack & Faith (4th Grade)

Last Wednesday we were lucky enough to be vistied by two very special guests. We were visited by Mr. Evans from the Peregrine Fund (he works at the World Center for Birds of Prey) and Aplomado Falcon named Rosa.

Rosa is a very pretty bird! The color of her feathers are black and light brown. The pattern on her body and face is striped.

All raptors  have adaptations that help them survive. Let's talk about Rosa's. One of Rosa's adaptations is her beak. It is curved. This helps her because she can rip up her prey so it is easier to eat. She also has some black under her eyes (all falcons have this). This helps her because the black absorbs the sunlight so she can see when hunting and the sun shines on her face. There are many more adaptations that we havn't listed.

Mr. Evans is a bird watcher who works for birds of prey. He has been very kind by helping us understand birds. With his help we now understand more about how birds survive.

We thank Mr. Evans and everyone else that has made this happen. We are having so much fun learning about birds! Stay tuned for more information next time!



Its All About Relationships!

November 3, 2016 - 5:15pm -- Brianwhitney

As a first year Bird By Birder, I am extremely excited and a little anxious to dive in and begin some of the tasks involved with the program. However, thanks to a wonderful facilitator/mentor from the Peregrine Fund, we are off and running, or should I say "flying". Mr. Evans joined my two fourth grade classes for our introductory lesson. He shared the significance of understanding the presence and migration patterns of birds in certain habitats, some key factors in being a successful bird identifier, and he helped us setup our bird feeders and bath. We even had time to take the students outside and practice using binoculars and bird identification books! 

Our next step is to begin to practice our observation and identification skills! Students will begin practicing these skills next week. We were lucky to find a location for our feeders and bath that can be observed from inside of a classroom, offering easy year round observations and good screening from the birds. Students are excited for this next step and we are looking forward to our next visit from Mr. Evans. We are tentatively planning an afternoon bird walk along a local creek! Combining nature, science, and wildlife is a sure combination to capture students' interest; however, at this point, as we are just beginning to grow our wings, we are most thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our relationship with our facilitator and the opportunity to join the B3 family - thank you!


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Brian Whitney, Grade 4
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.725
Longitude: -116.257


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