Lake Ridge Elementary

What's New

Lake Ridge Pollinator Garden is in Full Bloom

April 29, 2018 - 8:29pm -- Laura Crawford

Spring has arrived at Lake Ridge and  the pollinator garden Mrs. Crawford's class planted last fall is now in bloom. The tulips and dafodiles are almost done blooming, but the day lilies and salvia has just starting to bud up. A few honeybees have been seen on the flowers in the garden. The first grade students are starting their study of butterflies, and the 5th grade students will be visiting their classrooms to explain the importance of planting flowers for bees, butterflies, and other pollintators.

The red winged black birds are frequent visitors to our feeders. The gold finches at the thistle feeder are bright yellow now. We also have one very acrobatic squirrel that hangs by his back feet and tail trying to reach one of our feeders entertaining students and adults watching the feeders.

Spring Has Arrived at Lake Ridge/ Merlin and Little Hawk came to visit

March 23, 2018 - 11:06am -- Laura Crawford

The sounds and sites of spring are here at Lake Ridge. The plants in our pollinator garden are beginning to grow. We have dafodillas and crocus already blooming. Also the red-winged black birds have arrived in force. We have 20-30 at our field daily. Their beautiful trill sound is another sign of spring. We also have plenty of house finches, collared and mourning doves, and house sparrows at our feeders. The robins and kill deer can also be seen and heard on our school grounds. 

Other news at Lake Ridge is that Cori from the BLM brought Llittle Hawk and Merlin to visit. All the 5th grade classes and a few first grade classes had a chance to see the birds and listen to Cori explain the adaptations of birds of prey like hawks and owls. Thank you Susan Kain for arranging for Cori and the birds of prey to visit our school, and thank you Cori for the amazing presentation.



Chicken Problem Solved

February 28, 2018 - 6:34pm -- Laura Crawford

Lake Ridge has had a chicken problem since the first of the school year. The neighbors have several chickens which they allow to free range. One of their favorite places to head was Lake Ridge's school grounds. They especially liked visiting our ground feeder and chasing away the wild birds. We have been rationing our ground feed to one scoop a day. The chickens had become very distructive on the slope between the school grounds and the house with the chickens. The district maintainence people were called in to help. They repaired the damage on the slope and covered it with bark dust again. We thought we might have to stop feeding birds, but a solution was found. The district maintainence department installed chicken wire along the bottom of the fence around our school grounds where the chickens could get through and our class got a new platform feeder to hang in a tree which has replaced our ground feeder. Since the changes have been made, no chickens have been sighted on the school grounds. The only said part of the solution is we have not had any quail visiting our feeders either, and they were really fun to watch.Other news at our feeders is that the red-winged black birds had arrived in large numbers and the number of mourning doves has also increased.

Chicken problem solved

February 26, 2018 - 11:10am -- Laura Crawford

The chickens were invading our ground feeder. The problem was that the chickens were eating all the feed and no other birds could get to it. We solved the Problem by puting new wire under the fence so they couldn’t get past the fence and hanging the ground feeder up high so the chickens couldn’t reach it. 


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 09/11/2018 - 11:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Feeder 09/11/2018 - 11:30am Details

Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)
15 Flying 09/11/2018 - 11:30am Details

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
8 Feeder 09/07/2018 - 11:00am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Feeder 09/07/2018 - 11:00am Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
4 Feeder 09/07/2018 - 11:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
8 Perched 09/07/2018 - 11:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
15 Ground 03/13/2018 - 11:00am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
11 Feeder 03/13/2018 - 11:00am Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
2 Ground 03/13/2018 - 11:00am Details


Laura Crawford, Grade 5
Nampa, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.5276
Longitude: -116.584