Star Elementary

What's New


May 19, 2016 - 2:19pm -- michelleaxtell
We have American Kestrel chicks in our nest box in the front parking lot! This is our third year hosting a nesting pair. You can often see the parents bringing field mice to feed the chicks. There were 6 eggs. It's hard to tell from the photos whether we have 5 little chicks or if a 6th might be snuggled under the group.


Cross-curricular Connections

February 25, 2016 - 10:16pm -- michelleaxtell

Students played a migration game with Mr. Willadsen this week. They learned about the obstacles standing in the way of migratory birds in both the fall and spring. It was a wonderful tie-in to a whale story we'd been studying because the students gained a deeper understanding of the word migratory. Thank you for providing the fun and academic context! 

Falcons, and Hawks, and Curlews - oh, my!

January 11, 2016 - 3:36pm -- michelleaxtell

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.


A Flock of Birds

November 12, 2015 - 10:58am -- michelleaxtell

After we got done bird watching today, we saw a flock of birds surrounding our feeder. When we went out to count, they all flew away. There were about 40 of them. They like to hide in the weeds by our feeder and then gobble up the seeds. Time for a fill up!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Flying 04/24/2018 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Flying 04/23/2018 - 9:15am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 04/23/2018 - 9:15am Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
2 Flying 04/23/2018 - 9:15am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Bath 04/20/2018 - 9:15am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
2 Flying 04/18/2018 - 9:15am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
3 Ground 04/05/2018 - 9:15am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
4 Flying 04/05/2018 - 9:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Perched 04/05/2018 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
6 Flying 04/05/2018 - 9:15am Details


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.6985
Longitude: -116.493


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