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!