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


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.


September 29, 2017 - 1:05pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

While we were outside being our amazing selves also known as bird watchers, we saw a bunch of birds. The only birds that we saw were house sparrows, american croaws, some common ravens, and finnaly the brown headed cow bird. We also saw a big bird that turned out to be a plane.

Friday 9/8

September 8, 2017 - 1:06pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today we got to go outside to observe birds. It was sunny and warm. There was a total of 40 birds fying aorund.

TJCS up and birding

September 1, 2017 - 1:00pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Starting the B3 program today in class- expect postings each Friday :)


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Flying 05/03/2018 - 12:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
7 Flying 04/20/2018 - 12:15pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
17 Ground 04/18/2018 - 1:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
20 Ground 04/18/2018 - 1:00pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
25 Ground 04/18/2018 - 1:00pm Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
10 Ground 04/18/2018 - 1:00pm Details

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
2 Perched 04/17/2018 - 1:15pm Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
4 Flying 04/17/2018 - 1:15pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Feeder 04/17/2018 - 1:15pm Details

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
1 Feeder 04/17/2018 - 1:15pm Details


Jamie Brunmeier, Grade 8
Caldwell, Idaho USA


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