Just before the holiday break, we had a fantastic opportunity to visit with a live Peregrine falcon and a Harris hawk. The falconers taught us a great deal about the characteristics and behaviors of the birds. Students were fascinated and asked terrific questions. They even got to pet the hawk a bit. Then, this week Heidi and Heather from the Intermountain Bird Observatory came to teach us about Curlews. We learned how to identify curlews, where to look, and how to follow their migrations. Students were hooked and spent the rest of the week searching their bird books for curlews and curlew-like birds. We were even invited to submit names for upcoming banding sessions. The students chose names and helped compose a message to Heidi. Here is part of their message:
We would like to submit the names Spud and Star to the curlew naming contest. We chose Spud as a symbol of Idaho and its great potatoes. We do have several areas of farmland around our town wherecurlews might be found eating bugs. And, now that we know the curlews live in our area, we think Star a great name for one of the birds.