Each day a group of students has been coming in during lunch to make observations of the birds at the feeders just outside our classroom windows. The regular visitors have been a very fat squirrel, numerous dark-eyed juncos, a red breasted nuthatch, house finches and both American and Lesser Goldfinch. It has been fun to watch the Goldfinches as they start to brighten up their feathers to be more indicative of their name. We occasionally have a group of Black-Capped Chickadees stop by to feed as well. A new regular is a song sparrow who has been hanging out in the Juniper bushes just outside the window. This week we were privileged to have Bryce Robinson, a graduate student in the Raptor Biology Program at BSU speak to our birding group about Gyrfalcons. He provided some nice connections to our study of climate change in seventh grade science. Researchers are investigating how the northward and higher latitude shifts of trees might impact Gyrfalcons which rely on wide open spaces for hunting. We are looking forward to a visit from Monte Tish and Slim on February 10th.