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

Snowy Day Observations

February 27, 2017 - 2:45pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today we saw a dead bird on the ground. Maybe that's why there were so few birds around. It started snowing on and off throughout our bird-watching session.

Snowy Day Observations

January 18, 2017 - 2:38pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

On January 18,2017, it was snowing. It was around 30 degrees. We recorded a covey of quail at the yellow feeder. We also record several mourning doves. There were 16 house finch. We also saw 1 hawk flying around.

Busy day for birding!

December 23, 2016 - 2:39pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today  the birds where very agressive. They where fighting over the food. It was snowing nonstop and it is still snowing. They will leave and come back almost instantly. They where all in clusters so they could keep warm. They are always on the move and won't stay in one spot for a long time. 

Monte & Slim Visit TJCS

November 28, 2016 - 2:39pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

     Monte and Slim's visit to TJCS was educational and interactive. Monte brought in a Golden Eagle to the school. He has had Slim for over twenty years.  Monte told us about how Slim can fly at one hundred twenty miles an hour. He said Golden Eagles can knock big animals such as a cow or sheep or even a human down in one hit at 120 miles an hour. Slim eats 2-3 pounds of  meat in one day. That's over 400 pounds of meat in a year.  Slim wears a hood that keeps his eyes safe from bright lights and other such things that could damage his eyesight. His eyesight is 8 times stronger than that of a humans vision. That means he could see fine print across an airstrip. If humans eyesight was that good, our eyes would be the size of golf balls. Monte brought Slim around the class and even let people take pictures with her. He had multiple pictures with him showing Slim at a young age. I liked how casual Monte was throughout the whole presentation. It all seemed natural and he was a great speaker. He showed us his glove and how it had really thick leather on the inside of it. Monte said he had never been hurt intentionally by Slim. He said he had only been hurt when he tried to call slim back withought the little peg he uses to call her back. When he called her back, she missed the glove and hit Monte in the shoulder with her back talon. She also has a platform she goes back to if she is called to it. Monte brought that platform into the class room. Monte even let Mrs. Brunmeier hold Slim, the Golden Eagle. He said that Golden Eagles in captivity can live for 80 years. Overall I enjoyed Monte and Slim's visit. Monte was a great speaker and showed amazing demonstrations of Slim's obedience. It was educational and easy to follow.


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 04/25/2019 - 1:00pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
14 Ground 04/22/2019 - 12:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
3 Feeder 04/22/2019 - 12:30pm Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
3 Feeder 04/22/2019 - 12:30pm Details

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
1 Feeder 04/22/2019 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Flying 04/22/2019 - 12:30pm Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
6 Perched 04/19/2019 - 1:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
23 Feeder 04/19/2019 - 1:00pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
4 Perched 04/17/2019 - 1:00pm Details

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
2 Ground 04/17/2019 - 1:00pm Details


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


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