Liberty Elementary

What's New

Spring has sprung!

May 17, 2017 - 1:48pm -- amber.armstrong

May 17, 2017

It's been another very busy month in Lower Montessori and spring has sprung!  Both Upper and Lower Montessori painted curlews and had so much fun.  We can't wait to see the flock!

With our facilitators, Ally and Kristin, we tried a second year at hatching chicks. This year we had one sweet little yellow "guy" hatch, but he died a day later.  The kids had so much fun that first day watching him dry off and wobble around in the incubator.  

Two days later another little "guy" hatched! Yayy!  We were pretty nervous to see if he would survive and he has!  He was pretty lonely all by himself in the trough so we got him two buddies at Zamzows.  They seem to get along and not demonstrate too much bad pecking order behavior.

 

We loved caring for them for a few days and letting them run around our circle.  We had many pet names for them.  We think, due to the bad hatches both years, perhaps our incubator is malfunctioning.  

The same day of our second chick hatching, we were outside building our bird houses with our friends from Upper Montessori.  We got to see a mama mallard duck and 13 ducklings walking by the fence on their way to water!  Lucky day for us indeed!

 

March Madness

April 9, 2017 - 4:12pm -- amber.armstrong

We had a very busy month of March.  Ms. Ally and Ms. Kristin came in to tell us all about nests.  We then got to go outside and make our own nests.  Check out the pictures below!  We definitely found out how difficult it is and we have hands and opposable thumbs, not a beak!  

 

We also had Heather from the Intermountain Bird Observatory come out and tell us all about curlews.  We sure love those long-beaked birds!  We have been looking up their names, reading more about the ones they are tracking, and watching the trackers on the interactive map.  We got to email Heather when we saw that some of the curlews were headed back to Idaho!  She said they have now seen some of them and have observed mating and nesting behaviors!  So exciting :)  We submitted some names for the curlew naming contest so fingers crossed!  Check out pictures below!

 

We also went on a field trip to the Boise Watershed where we saw more birds!  We got to walk to the Boise River, where it wasn't flooding as badly as it is now.  They gave us great tips on using binoculars and it made it so much easier.  On our walk down to the river, we spotted a Swainson's hawk, Canada geese, killdeer, American crows, and a few other birds.  We learned that the largest Great Blue Heron rookery is located here with over 90 nests; the other one is just down the street from our school and we ususally get to walk there and see them too!  We learned that a pair of Bald Eagles used to nest on the other side of the river by the Watershed and that the tree with their nest fell down this past winter due to the big snows.  Now, the Bald Eagles have moved over to the side near the rookery and they are waiting to see what happens.  They definitely haven't seen as many Great Blue Herons this year due to the Bald Eagles moving in.  We saw Northern Flickers, Great Blue Herons, and Mallard Ducks.  We were then so excited to see the Bald Eagle and the Great Blue Heron sort of face off about 40 feet from each other up in the tree tops.  The Bald Eagle prevailed and the Great Blue Heron flew off and circled for about 5 minutes before flying away.  Wow!  Lucky us!  (we were glad to see the Bald Eagle win since that's our school mascot!)

 

We LOVE birds in February!

February 13, 2017 - 5:05pm -- amber.armstrong

Mr. Monte and Slim came to visit Liberty Elementary in early February.  Slim is a golden eagle, which is exciting because our school mascot is a bald eagle!  Ms. Silver's class joined us in the cafeteria to hear all about Slim's experiences in movies.  We loved asking questions about the size of food Slim could eat!  It was pretty exciting to feel the wind on our faces from a golden eagle flapping.  We learned more about birds of prey and how even the feathers are protected by law.

 

Also in February, Ms. Heather from the Intermountain Bird Observatory came to tell us all about the curlew!  She was an amazing speaker who shared so much information and stories with us.  Curlews are a shore bird with long legs and a LONG beak that live in Idaho during the nesting season.  Most of our Idaho curlews migrate to California in the colder months.  She gave us a website where we can track where the curlews are and we can't wait to check it out!  We also loved the stories about poor Emmett, the lonely curlew, and not-so-smart Potato, who lays her eggs by the cattle trough.  She kept 50 students enthralled with her presentation for over an hour!  They loved every minute!  Thank you Heather and IBO!

 

 

Who Knew We Knew?

January 3, 2017 - 1:45pm -- amber.armstrong

In December, Miss Ally and Miss Kristen came to visit us to show us how much we'd learned about identifying birds!  They had made bird bingo boards that included many birds we've seen and identified on our walks and near our feeders.  

We couldn't believe how many we were able to identify.  They would call out a bird name and, some of the time, we wouldn't need to even see them hold up what it looked like...we knew! We are master identifyers of the Burrowing Owl, the Canda Goose, the Mourning Dove, the Mallard Duck, and many more.  We are still working on Dark-Eyed Junco, the European Starling, and some others.  We were also able to use what we've learned about birds of prey to help us narrow down our choices when it came to the Cooper's Hawk.  One of our students even identified one in his yard over Christmas break (along with some American Robins).  We are so excited about all we learn and are able to take out into the world with us!  

                                                              

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
3 Perched 02/10/2017 - 10:00am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
11 Perched 02/10/2017 - 10:00am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
13 Flying 02/10/2017 - 10:00am Details

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
1 Flying 02/10/2017 - 10:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Perched 12/16/2016 - 11:15pm Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
1 Flying 12/16/2016 - 11:15pm Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
2 Flying 12/16/2016 - 11:15pm Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
2 Flying 12/16/2016 - 11:15pm Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
3 Flying 10/21/2016 - 10:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Flying 10/21/2016 - 10:30am Details

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Amber Armstrong, Grade 2
Boise, Idaho USA

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