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

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.


October 9, 2017 - 1:25pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Merlin, a great horned owl owned by Morlee Nelson Birds of Prey Center, visited our class Friday along with Jared, his handler. Merlin is a bird that was rescued by the BLM officers after he was hit by a car. Due to his car accident he his right wing was damaged, preventing him from flying far. He lives in a shed with access to the outdoor environment, perches, and food. He is a very grumpy old bird. He sleeps or rests during the day and flys around crazy-like at night.  In class he hooted at our class and was very grumpy. He tried to fly around the classroom, but was attached to jared's glove or his perch. We really enjoyed seeing a new live bird in the classroom instead of the stuffed birds.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Dispositionsort descending Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Bath 10/16/2013 - 11:30am Details

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
33 Bath 12/08/2016 - 1:45pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
33 Bath 12/08/2016 - 1:45pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
79 Bath 11/06/2015 - 12:00pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
12 Bath 10/07/2015 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Bath 03/07/2014 - 1:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
58 Bath 04/12/2017 - 2:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
13 Bath 09/28/2016 - 1:45pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Bath 10/07/2015 - 12:30pm Details

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
1 Feeder 08/30/2012 - 8:45am Details


Jamie Brunmeier, Grade 8
Caldwell, Idaho USA


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Bird by Bird

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