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Mrs. Urban's Visit

February 28, 2017 - 3:09pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hi, this is Henry and Ben from Mr.Franz's class. Today, Mrs. Urban came to visit our class and taught us about bird reproduction and nesting. We learned that birds usually mate when food is abundant and the temperature is mild. When males are getting ready for breeding season, they claim territory and make nests, then when the females come, they sing to attract the female's attention or sometimes do a little dance. Most commonly then both parents will take care of their young and protect them from predators that are hiding and waiting for them to hatch. They will make nests that will match their surroundings and habitat to camouflage and mostly all of the bird species want to avoid predators. Some birds will go from simple to complex in short amounts of time. They find their mates with sound or vision and have more than one breeding system.  

Winter Survival

December 20, 2016 - 3:13pm -- HighlandsFranz

Highlands Winter Survival 

Today, we learned that birds have some special adaptations to survive these harsh winter, for example, their feathers are a great insulator and they keep them warm. At the end we made birdfeeders out of pinecones by getting crisco on the pinecones, then we threw some bird feeder and it stuck andnow the birds will haev more food over the break when we're gone.

Mrs. Urban's visit

November 14, 2016 - 2:56pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hello, my name is Henry and last week, Mrs. Urban came to our class and taught us some cool stuff about birds. First of all, some terms used were "partial migration" and "complete migration." "Partial migration is when one of that species only migrates a litte. It is pretty self-explanatory. "Complete migration" is when something completely migrates instead of just going a little bit. We also learned about how the birds know where they're going. After that, we went outside and rotated around stations while pretending to be one of five birds chosen. This was a partner activity. We discovered in the end that one of the species had a better survival record than others. 

Mr. Franz's class to IBO river observatory

November 7, 2016 - 3:14pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hello, my name is Henry and I'm going to tell you about our fieldtrip to the Boise River to help band birds.  

When we first walked to the observatory, we saw nets lined up. Most of the nets had birds in the nets but soon, they were taken out of the nets and banded right in front of our faces if they were not already banded. While this was happening, they were explaining that the bands had numbers on them that helped other research groups that found that same bird collect more knowlge about their migration. Some of the students got a chance to release the birds, but unfortuately they all got poop on their fingers. This was because the lighter the bird is, the further it can fly. And to these small birds, one little peice of poop can weigh them down a lot. Since all of the birds we released had pooped, they were very fast and we barely got another glimpse at them before they left our hands. 

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Sid Franz, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA

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