On Wednesday, October 4 our class went to see bird banding at the Intermountain Bird Observatory River Banding Site. As we are a 1st-3rd Montessori classroom and the students loop in our classroom, some of the students have now been 3 years in a row. They are convinced, rightly so I suppose, that they have bird magic! We have seen some pretty epic bird action on our trips to IBO, our walks to the Boise River, and even our field trip to the Boise Watershed, where we got to see a bald eagle face off with a great blue heron. My 2nd and 3rd graders had convinced the 1st graders that they were about to be amazed at IBO. I'm always a little nervous that their hopes will be dashed... However, this field trip only served to further convince the children of their inherent bird magic.
I prepared the kids with guide books and binoculars as we set off and they were so excited to pull out their guide books and have any adult standing around help them find the bird in hand. Ms. Ally and Ms. Kristin, our B3 biologists, met us there and helped us with guide books and other questions. Ms. Heidi and Ms. Heather of IBO were there as well and the kids were so excited to see them again. We saw at least 3 species of birds that were caught in the mist nets - Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Dark Eyed Junco, Yellow Rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, House Finch, and Song Sparrow. We also had a great time looking at nature vs. non in trail cam pictures. The big excitement came when the temperature dropped as it was raining and, suddenly, all the biologists were dashing off. We found out that they had to close all the nets because they were catching TOO MANY birds! When they came back, they returned with cloth bag on cloth bag containing ruby crowned kinglets. Everyone got to release 3-4 birds that day! It was pretty epic and I'm not sure if we'll ever convince them that they do not, in fact, have bird magic.... although they may have convinced me! Miss Amber and the Lower Montessori Crew