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News to Catch Up On

April 7, 2017 - 5:04pm -- michelleaxtell

We had a few great events in February and March that we need to catch up on writing about. First, our friend Monte came and shared the Golden Eagle named Slim with us and all of our second grade friends. We love learning about birds of prey and seeing them up close. It was awesome when Slim flew across the room. Another fun activity was playing migration games with Mr. Willadsen. We learned that some birds, like the Arctic tern actually migrate north in the winter. We also learned about the hazards birds face when migrating. Then we went to the Discovery Center for a field trip and learned about the ways in which dinosaur bones and bird bones are the same. Finally, even though the weather was mostly cold and wet, we still saw birds almost every day we went out watching at school.

Kestrel Eggs

April 7, 2017 - 10:26am -- michelleaxtell

Today we checked on our two American Kestrel nest boxes. There were no eggs in our front box. We were disappointed because chicks had hatched in that box for the past 3 years. Then we checked the box at the back of the building. There are 6 eggs in that box! This is good news because Starlings had layed their eggs in that box the past 2 years. We are looking forward to seeing the chicks hatch in a few weeks.

Bird of Prey Lesson

January 24, 2017 - 4:13pm -- michelleaxtell

Last week a Kestrel came to visit our bird feeder. The teacher next door happened to see the Kestrel on the ground. She took a photo for us and told us that the bird was eating seeds on the ground. After seeing the photo and identifying the Kestrel, we knew it probably wasn't eating seeds. When we went out to investigate we found a scattering of feathers.

Curlews in the Classroom

December 15, 2016 - 10:34am -- michelleaxtell

Yesterday we had a visit from Heather Hayes of IBO. She taught us all about Long-billed curlews, their habitat, studies underway, and conservation efforts. It was super cool to see the curlew bill and the banding equipment. We are excited to follow the migration maps. Also, we're going to use the holiday break to brainstorm names for the naming contest. We have some great ideas already!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
2 Flying 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Perched 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
1 Ground 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
10 Flying 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Ground 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
1 Flying 05/26/2017 - 9:45am Details

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
1 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Flying 05/25/2017 - 9:15am Details


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