Thomas Jefferson Charter School

"The Bird by the Bird program brings the outside world inside the walls of a classroom. It has made my students think about and show concern for their environment. My students love the fact that they can now identify different types of birds in Idaho.

Here are some comments by this year’s students:

  • The bird by bird program is interesting. I have learned many new things. I can identify all sorts of birds now. I have learned the difference between raptors and songbirds. I have learned many new useful facts. -Brayden
  • So far, the experience has showed me the value of learning about birds. I learned they are a one-of-a kind creature, and I hope I get to work with them through out the school year. This experience was extremely inspiring to me. –Caden
  • It is fun to learn about birds because of their unique lifestyle. I really appreciate their magnificent body structure and feeding habits. I have learned that birds will do anything to eat and are smart about finding their prey. I really find it an enjoyable, educational project. -Alex
  • So far, I have learned that birds are one-of-a-kind creatures. They are the only creatures capable of flight besides bats. For the project that we were assigned I and a friend are going to record the birds in the spring that migrate back to Idaho. -Preston
  • I have learned about how different birds migrating during different seasons and what types staying in cold places. This has helped us to learn more about the animals we see around us everyday. It's interesting to see the different types of birds and when they come. –Katie
  • What I like about the bird by bird through bird projects is that it is fun. And that it helps all of the other scientists out in the world by us doing this. It feels good to help the environment. -Tagen"

Jamie Brunmeier,
8th grade teacher

What's New

The birds

May 4, 2018 - 1:11pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

When we were observing birds, we were being educated in amny ways. As we observed all the different types of birds, i am nw, after the yeasr of observing birds, am able to identify a bird quite easily. But now that the year is coming to an end, i am going to be quite sad that I am not going to have a chance to observe birds. But this year will be rememberd by me and the rest of my class amtes, thatnk you so much.

Bird By Bird

March 9, 2018 - 12:59pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today there were many birds outside. Especially on the feeders. There were at least 30 birds outside. Most of them were House finches. It was pretty nice outside so that's probably why there were so many birds. 

Bird By Bird

January 12, 2018 - 1:08pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today was a very warm day. We saw a ton of House Finches. There was no other birds beside the House Finches. The were eating at the bird feeders, flying by, and perched on the trees. There was very little wind and it is was sunny. We did not expect much birds.

House Finch

December 7, 2017 - 1:19pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

We went bird watching outside of TJCS and saw 24 House Finch's. The weather was in and the thirties and it was overcast. The bird's were in the tree's and on the feeder's. Overall I think it really fun watching the birds and seeing their behavior.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
2 Perched 03/04/2020 - 12:45pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
16 Perched 03/04/2020 - 12:45pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Feeder 03/04/2020 - 12:45pm Details

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
1 Flying 03/04/2020 - 12:45pm Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
1 Bath 03/04/2020 - 12:45pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
14 Flying 03/02/2020 - 8:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Flying 03/02/2020 - 8:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Perched 03/02/2020 - 8:00am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
2 Feeder 02/27/2020 - 9:30am Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
5 Feeder 02/27/2020 - 9:30am Details


Jamie Brunmeier, Grade 8
Caldwell, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.6583
Longitude: -116.64


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