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Birds of Prey Field Trip

April 17, 2017 - 3:18pm -- adale

Last Thursday and Friday we had two great field trips to the Morley Nelson Birds of Prey Area. We saw a lot of raptors and even got to see four badgers. The students had a great time seeing the birds that we have been talking about and looking at pictures of. It was really nice to see them in the flesh rather than on the screen. We saw; Swainson's Hawks, a nest of Red tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie Falcons, Burrowing Owls, and a lot of smaller birds. Now we are getting ready for the second annual Kuna Wild About Birds Festival. The two ornithology classes at Kuna will host the first grade classes from Crimson Point Elemenary. 

Numbers have really gone down

April 6, 2017 - 10:16am -- adale

We have been noticing the bird numbers as well as variety has really gone down lately. We had a lot of house finches around all winter but now it is rare to see one at the feeder. Monte Tish came out with Slim to talk to the students before spring break and once again blew everyone away. The second day he was here Slim was vocalizing a lot. That made me just a little nervous because when she did it the first time Monte said she usually starts "clucking" the a chicken a lot right before she lays an egg. When she lays and egg he has to get it away from her because all she will do is try to incubate it. Since it isn't fertilized it will start to rot. Yesterday, April 5, we took a walk around the neighborhood by the school and saw our first Brewers Blackbird back from its migration. It worked out really because it was perched within a couple of feet from a Red Winged Blackbird so everyone was able to see the difference and similarities between the two. It was a great teachable moment. We finished up our walk going right by an active Red-Tailed Hawk nest just a block from the school.

It's a great time to be a birder

January 28, 2017 - 9:24pm -- adale

A new semester and a brand new batch of potential birders. Once again I can't help but sing the praises of the Bird by Bird program. The feeders, binoculars, and spotting scopes make it so much easier for our kids to learn about birds. The feeders are set up by the front doors and they are being used like crazy. Each day for class we can either start out with a little field trip or I can talk a little bit about the tips of identifying birds and we can head out to the feeder and the kids can see what I was just talking about by viewing the birds on the feeders and on the ground around the feeders. We use the most common visitor at the feeders, the house sparrow and house finch to learn about field marks and how they can be used to identify birds. It is so nice to have all of the models right there. We don't have to worry about finding something to look at with the feeders so close. 

Changing Lives With Birds

December 20, 2016 - 2:37pm -- adale

Recently Monte Tish came to our classroom recently with Slim. He is always a big hit even though he says just Slim makes the show. I always like the way that he walks around the room with Slim on his arm so kids can get a real close up look at a bird as big and majestic as Slim is. When I have a guest speaker come to my class I always do something to thank the speakers but since it is a high school classroom I don't have the students write thank you notes. That's just for the elementary level classes right? This time I decided to go against what I think is the tradition or age appropriate thing for students to do. I had each ornithology class write Monte a thank you note and I was blown away with the outcome. Without exception all of the kids told Monte how cool it was and how much they appreciate what he does and some even told him they were interested in helping him.  One letter though really blew me away. I really wanted to share this one letter so I am going to type it here but I am leaving the students name out.

Dear Monte,

It was such an honor to meet you and Slim. My mind was blown for the entire day afterwords. I know this must seem very elementery school of me, but a letter is the best way I think I could thank you. You peaked my interst in bird rehabilitation and nearly made me cry a couple of times. That was probably one of my best days in high school. I've gained a new respect and love for birds in this class and your visit cemented that. So once again, thank you for that amazing 90 minutes of my life.

Wow! The day that Monte came was a big impact on this kid and I do believe that. On a grander scale though the Bird by Bird has had a huge impact on his life. I know that so many kids are having their lives changed by birds and they may not even know it yet. It is the time of year to be thankful and I say without apology and on my kids behalf that I am thankful for the Bird by Bird program. I could not have done this on my own.

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
1 Flying 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
4 Perched 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
1 Perched 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
13 Flying 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
1 Flying 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
22 Feeder 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
13 Perched 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
30 Feeder 02/06/2017 - 11:15am Details

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
1 Perched 01/26/2017 - 10:00am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
10 Perched 01/26/2017 - 10:00am Details

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Allen Dale, Grade 10
Kuna, Idaho USA

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