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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!

Birds of Star

October 27, 2015 - 3:37pm -- michelleaxtell

Today Mr. Willadsen presented information about six common birds we might see in our area.  The students learned about the specific field markings, behaviors, and calls of each species.  We shared our recent experiences with bird watching, both at school and outside of school.  The students made excellent diagrams and notes about their favorite birds.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Flying 10/24/2017 - 9:15am Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
1 Flying 10/24/2017 - 9:15am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Flying 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
10 Feeder 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
1 Flying 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Feeder 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 10/18/2017 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Perched 10/12/2017 - 9:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Flying 10/12/2017 - 9:15am Details


Michelle Axtell , Grade 2
Star, Idaho USA


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