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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.

"You Don't See Something Like That Very Often"

December 2, 2016 - 3:12pm -- adale

Talk about being in the right place at the right time...yesterday the school bell rang and everyone was on their way to their cars or to the buses. Coincidently if you go out the front door you have to walk right by the ornithology classes bird feeders. Not an accident on our part. I just walked out the door and it happened to be hailing right at the moment but the sun was shining. It was the kind of hail that stung when it hits you but was the kind that makes you hold up for a minute before you realize it is light and it won't hurt if it hits you. So I glanced out and saw that all the birds in the are were flying. There is a dairy across the street so there is always a lot of doves, pigeons, house sparrows, house finches and starlings over there. I mentioned to the teacher next to me and no one else in particular; "wow look at all the bir...whoa there is a Peregrine Falcon. At this point I was really excited but my voice was in normal decibal levels but then I saw what was happening and the decibal level and excited level went off the chart. I yelled THAT PEREGRINE JUST CAUGHT A PIGEON, DID YOU SEE THAT! LOOK IT'S CARRYING IT AWAY. LOOK AT THAT PEREGRINE CARRYING THE PIGEON IT JUST CAUGHT. I looked to my left and there is Joe from first period, he smiled really big and said in a normal tone, "wow, you don't see something like that every day" It is such a privaledge to teach at Kuna High School where you can walk out the door and see nature happen right in front of you.

Oh My Goodness

November 3, 2016 - 1:37pm -- adale

I know I just post a few minutes ago but something just happened that I had to share. One of my ornithology study just came bursting into my room and yelled "Mr. Dale come quick, there is a hawk feeding on a bird right outside of Miss Wards room". I ran down there with here to see an immature male Cooper's Hawk plucking and feeding on a pigeon. I'm not sure which was better, seeing the Cooper's hawk feeding or listening to Katelynd running up and down the hall tell people about it. It's a great day to love birds!

Great Field Trip

November 3, 2016 - 11:56am -- adale

On October 24 and 25th we took a field trip along Swan Falls road heading toward the Birds of Prey area. We stopped at the Kuna water treatment ponds to see what might be there and we saw a few ducks but not a big variety or a lot. I was surprised. We kept going down the road and saw a lot of perched Red Tailed Hawks and were able to get good looks at them with our scopes. They even got to the point where they were calling out, "There's another Red Tail Mr. Dale". On our was back to the school as we were going by the Kuna water treatment poinds we saw clouds of ducks landing on the water. We walking up and saw what I was hoping to see when we stop the first time. Lots of ducks, mergansers and even a Dunlin and a Long Billed Dowicher. It was exciting because the students were throwing out suggestions for possible identification on those two. They are doing well on daily ID quizzes and really well on using their field guides. 

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

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

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

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
2 Perched 01/26/2017 - 10:00am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
1 Flying 01/26/2017 - 10:00am Details

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Allen Dale, Grade 10
Kuna, Idaho USA

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