Lake Ridge Elementary

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Class Pollinator Garden

September 12, 2017 - 4:23pm -- Laura Crawford

Mrs. Crawford’s Class Passion Project

Reported by Megan B

 

         This year Mrs. Crawford’s class decided to plant a pollinator garden as our fall passion project. Our goal was to improve the way our school looks and also attract birds, bees, and butterflies. We decided to plant the flower bed next to the fifth-grade door on the east end of the school building.

         The first day we began to get the area ready to garden. We removed the bark chips and weed barrier. Then the next day we prepared the soil and added fertilizer. The third day was the best! On that day, we were finally able to plant flowers, but first we had to spread the manure that a student in our class donated. Then we planted he flowers that had been donated by Home Depot, D& B, Lake Ridge PTA, and  parents, and students.

               Now we water the plants twice a day, once in the morning once in the afternoon. The class is looking forward to seeing our pollinator garden grown and our school looking better than ever. 

Momma Duck and Babies

May 1, 2017 - 4:30pm -- Laura Crawford

Lake Ridge had exciting visitors today. A momma duck with her babies where spotted in the parking lot. They created quite the excitement. A pair of ducks had been visiting our feeder for a couple of weeks, and we suspected they were nesting somewhere on the school grounds. 

Bird walk to Deer Flat Wildlife

April 29, 2017 - 7:43pm -- Laura Crawford

On April 20, Mrs. Crawford fifth grade class went on a bird walk down Tio Lane to Deer Flat National Wildlife area around Lake Lowel. We met Susan Kain their along with  Larry Ridehour and other birding experts. We walked along a path near the lake and spotted lots of red winged black birds, white crowned sparrows, American white pelicans, a red tailed hawk, and some brown headed cowbirds just to name a few. The class also saw a rabbit and several Pacific tree frogs which were fun to see even if they weren't birds.

The bird feeders haven't had as many birds as we had last winter, but we are getting a different variety.  There are lots of red winged black birds and this week a few yellow headed black birds have been spotted. The gold finches are at the thistle feeder in greater numbers and their bright yellow feathers make them easier to spot. We think a pair of killdeer are nesting in the bark dust on the hill near the feeder and a pair of ducks have been spotted at the feeder and may have a nest somewhere on the school grounds.

The class is looking forward to our visit to the other side of Deer Flat National Wildlife refuge on May 18. 

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Flying 05/26/2017 - 10:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Ground 05/26/2017 - 10:30am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
2 Feeder 05/26/2017 - 10:30am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
8 Ground 05/19/2017 - 10:15am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
1 Feeder 05/19/2017 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Flying 05/18/2017 - 10:00am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
3 Feeder 05/18/2017 - 10:00am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
2 Feeder 05/17/2017 - 10:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 05/17/2017 - 10:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Flying 05/15/2017 - 10:00am Details

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Laura Crawford, Grade 5
Nampa, Idaho USA

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