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

Mourning Dove

November 17, 2016 - 2:35pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Yesterday I saw at least 50 house finches! If something or someone spooked them, they would all fly off together. It was incredible to watch due to the sheer quantity of them. I also saw three mourning doves in a row on the roof. All of them had their feathers fluffed up so that they looked like puffballs. 

House Finch

November 9, 2016 - 2:44pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

We saw about 613 house finch is was incredible at how much we've seen.

Whole Class

September 23, 2016 - 2:13pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today the entire 8th grade class learned how to feed the birds and use the B3 website.  Expect exciting news from TJCS 8th graders every Friday :)

Watching the Birds

February 29, 2016 - 1:11pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Ethan and Bryant bird watched. It was a sunny day with no winds. It was around 70 degrees. There were song sparrows, red-winged black birds, mourning doves, and house finches. There was an estimate of 78 birds.

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)
1 Flying 09/20/2017 - 12:00pm Details

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
2 Perched 09/20/2017 - 12:00pm Details

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)
2 Perched 09/20/2017 - 12:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
10 Feeder 09/20/2017 - 12:00pm Details

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
1 Flying 09/20/2017 - 12:00pm Details

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
2 Flying 09/19/2017 - 12:30pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
13 Perched 09/19/2017 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Perched 09/19/2017 - 12:30pm Details

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
5 Feeder 09/19/2017 - 12:30pm Details

Cassin's Finch (Carpodacus cassinii)
2 Flying 09/19/2017 - 12:30pm Details

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Jamie Brunmeier, Grade 8
Caldwell, Idaho USA

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