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Mrs.Urban's Visit

December 13, 2017 - 2:46pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hi, this is Grace, Paige and Jane. On December 11th, we had a visit from Mrs. Urban. She presented how birds survive in the winter. One thing that keeps the birds warm is that all birds are endothermic, which means they maintain their tempature internally. Another way that most birds keep themself warm is puff up their feathers and then put one leg up to their feathers. Some people get alarmed when they see these "one legged birds". Another time when people get alarmed is when they see 10 legs instead of two! This happens because little babies want to get in their mom's fluff of the feathers. At the end, our class created pine cone bird feeders that had a layer of Crisco and an assortment of seeds. We always look forward to having Mrs.Urban visit our classroom! Have a birdilicious day!

Mrs.Urban's Visit

September 19, 2017 - 2:45pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hi, this is Jane and Grace and last Wednesday Mrs.Urban came to Mr. Franz’s class at Highlands Elementary to talk to us about birds. She taught us about different types of birds and their adaptations. One type of bird was called a California quail that has a top-knot. Another type of bird is called a House Finch. A house finch is brown and white with streaks. Also, there’s a bird called the Red-Winged Black Bird. A Red-Winged BlackBird comes to the feeders in the winter time. One of our favorites that Mrs.Urban talked about is called the Anna’s Hummingbird which are beautiful because they have a purple head. They are also bred in Baja, California.

While Mrs.Urban came to visit our classroom, she talked to us about when and how birds migrate south in the winter. She also told us about how birds lose their feathers and they grow back new ones that keep themselves warm for the winter. Different bird species eat different types of foods. Like the American Goldfinch loves thistle seed. The Black-Capped Chickadees eats seeds and bugs and they also make a unique sound that sound like they are saying chick-a-dee. We learned a lot during Mrs.Urban’s visit to our classroom and we our excited to learn more about birds this year!


World Center for Birds of Prey

April 27, 2017 - 3:14pm -- HighlandsFranz

This is Ben and Karmelle from Mr. Franz's class and we are here to tell you about the feild trip we went on. As a class we went to the World Center for Birds of Prey and learned about falcons. We got to see a rare species called the Alaamadora Falcon. The tour was really fun and we talked about a lot of birds and about their different adaptations. A falcon is a bird with sharp long tallons, a sharp curved beak, and great eyesight. We got to see an alive California Condor, which is a huge bird. It's wingspan can get up to 9 feet which is taller than most of our class. We also learned that a lot of the wild California Condors were killed by lead. This happend because hunters use lead bullets and leave the parts they don't want live the guts and head or what ever part they shot. These birds will find the animal and eat the little peices of the led along with the meat. This is one of the big reasons these buitful birds are becomming extienct. Another cool thing we learned is that in the the really late 1900 birds were eating bugs that died from cemicals that farmers used and they had to put cases on them that made sure that it would be okay and soon banned it so that it was illegal to put it in your crops.

Mrs. Urban's Visit

April 17, 2017 - 2:59pm -- HighlandsFranz

This is Karmelle from Mr. Franz's class. Today Ms.Urban came to our class and taught us about Raptors. We learned all of the ways raptors eat, kill prey, their different species and many other things. She told us that there are 450 raptor species and 31 live in Idaho. The main species are eagles, hawks, harries, kites, falcons, vultures, owls, barn owls, and osprey. We also made window protectors to stop one of the most common ways birds die, windows. To make them you take clear shets of tape, cut out any shape you want, and put tissue parer on the stikey side. after you are done you can use tape to put them on the windows. Now all of the windows in our class room are covered in window protectors. 


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Sid Franz, Grade 6
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