It was great to meet this year's Highlands 6th great class during our first Bird by Bird visit. Dane Stevens, from Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, and I introduced the program and covered the 25 bird species the students are most likely to see at school. I was very impressed that the class already had a great grasp of many of the birds! I know this will be a great year!
To add a little fun to the first visit, I also introduced the Passenger Pigeon Origami Project by Fold the Flock to the class. This fun art project is a great way to bring awareness of the Passenger Pigeon species to kids and adults alike. The Passenger Pigeon, thought to once have been the most populous bird species on the planet, went extinct 100 years ago. To commemorate the loss of this species the project asks people to fold origami pigeons to recreate the massive flocks that once blotted out the sun as they passed. Looking today, over 1,004,000 have been contributed and Highlands contributed about 50 of those. Thanks for participating!
Check out http://foldtheflock.org for more information or to download the free oragami template and add to the flock.
Liz Urban, Golden Eagle Audubon Society