Lake Ridge Elementary

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Students brave the snow to fill feeders

January 23, 2017 - 8:49am -- Laura Crawford

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will keep Lake Ridge students from filling our feeders. The birds really seem to appreciate their efforts.

Susan Kain's Visit About Owls

December 15, 2016 - 1:04pm -- Laura Crawford

Susan Kain, from Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, came to Lake Ridge Elementary to talk to Mrs. Crawford's fifth grade class about owls. They dissected owl pellets on paper plates and learned about adaptations.  Susan brought a stuffed owl named Barney to show the comb-like feathers of a barn owl. They also studied the satellite dish-like ears and eyes of a barn owl. When they dissected owl pellets, they talked about the types of the bones that they found in the pellets. Thank you, Susan!

Dissecting owl pellets

Susan Kaine's Second Visit

November 15, 2016 - 2:41pm -- Laura Crawford

             After Susan Kaine's second visit to Mrs.Crawford's class, they wrote an essay. Here is one essay that a student wrote in Mrs.Craford's class.

                                                                                                          Birds vs. Windows
        About 1 billion birds die from running into windows. They die from eternal bleeding  or bruising especially on the brain. Dr. Daniel Klem of Muhlenberg College has researched this issue since the 1970’s. He writes,’’ Intensive studies at single homes reveal one out of every two strikes results fatality.’’ (source  4) Klem adds,’’ Glass is an indiscriminate killer that takes the fit as well as the unit of a species’ population.’’  (Source 4) We can all help save birds from the dangers of windows by understanding why birds run into windows, what can be done to prevent collisions, and what can be done to help save birds who have been injured in a collision. 
Why do birds run into windows? 
         There are many reasons why birds fly into windows. Some birds fly into windows because they see landscape, or vegetation inside. When they see the landscape, and vegetation, it looks like an inviting place to go to. Migrating birds fly into windows at night because, they don't see the window. A lot of birds fly into windows because, they see there reflection, and think they are enemies. Most of those birds that see their reflection usually fight because they are near their breeding grounds.
What can be done to prevent birds from colliding with windows?
         There are many ways you can stop a bird from running into your windows. You can cover your  glass with netting,  or with window screening to bounce the bird off before it hits the window. You can also cover your glass with one-way transparent film so they can’t see in,  but you can see out. You can also mark your glass with soap streaks and wooden grille. If you want to… you can decorate your window with stickers.  
What should you do if you find a bird that has been injured in a window collision? 
            If you find a bird that is injured, you should examine it for eternal bleeding. If it is not injured, place it on a branch, and see if it will perch up. If it is injured, take it to a wildlife rehabilitater as quickly as possible. If you find a bird, put it in a shoe box and leave it be.  Every 15 minutes, take it outside, open it and see if it flies away. If an hour passes,  and it hasn't flown out yet, take it to a rehabilitator.
By working together and educating others, we can all help to save birds from running into windows. Go help save birds! 
Work Cited 
1. "10 Things You Can Do To Reduce Bird vs. Window Collisions."  Born Free, n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2016. 
2. "Birds and Windows." — Audubon Society of Portland. Audubon Society of Portland, n.d. Web. 08 Nov. 2016. 
3. "Make Your Windows Bird-Safe." RSS. Human Society, 2016. Web. 08 Nov. 2016. 
4. "Why Birds Hit Windows-and How You Can Help Prevent It." All About Birds. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, 11 Aug. 2015. Web. 08 Nov. 2016. 

Susan Kain's Visit

October 13, 2016 - 11:50am -- Laura Crawford

                                                                                            Susan Kain's Visit

On October 12, 2016, Susan Kain came to Lake Ridge Elementary to talk to Mrs. Crawford's 5th grade class about birds. Susan works at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. When she came, she talked about the importance of birds and their protection. First, she quizzed the kids on their bird knowlege by showing them pictures of birds and asking them what kind of bird it was. After that, she taught the kids about binoculars. She put a joke on the board in small print and had the kids stand in the back of the room and try to read the answer with their binoculars. Susan brought the kids outside to watch birds eat seeds out of the feeder. The kids had pieces of paper and a bird identification book. When they went back into the building, Susan collected her things, the kids said " Thank you", and she left.                      


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
35 Flying 01/05/2018 - 11:00am Details

Rock Pigeon/Dove (Columba livia)
1 Perched 01/05/2018 - 11:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Perched 01/05/2018 - 11:00am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
5 Ground 01/05/2018 - 11:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
15 Perched 01/05/2018 - 11:00am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
8 Ground 01/04/2018 - 11:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
8 Ground 01/04/2018 - 11:00am Details

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
1 Ground 01/04/2018 - 11:00am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
5 Ground 01/04/2018 - 11:00am Details

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
3 Ground 01/04/2018 - 11:00am Details


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


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