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

February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016 - 1:14pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

there was a halk to test how many would not fly into the widow. It wa cold and windy. and the birds would fly away everytime the wind belw. We also tested if the birds would fly everytime we droppThey flew away many times. But the doves wouldnt really move. 

Bird Watching in January

January 20, 2016 - 1:11pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

It was really windy today. The sun kept us warm though. We didn't see any birds for a while though. For about the first half hour all that had come was a mourning dove. It stayed and walked around for awhile. Out of the middle of now where a big group of House Finches showed up. There were about 40 in total. They were very hyper active. They moved and flew around a lot. It was a good day over all. 

Watching the Birds

November 11, 2015 - 1:22pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today on November 11, 2015 wae watched birds outside of our school.We saw 133 birds. We saw Gold Finches, Morning Doves,Song Sparrow, Seagull,Purple Finch,House Finch,and much more. It was really cool to see what the birds were doing and how they acted. Since this day was freezing cold the birds were trying to stay warm and so were we. We thought that we saw a Hawk. 

Our Bird Watching Experience

October 7, 2015 - 1:18pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today our experience was wonderful. The weather was perfect. It wasn't too cold or too hot. There were a ton of birds including House Sparrows and House Flinch. They were very active, flting around and fighting over food. At around 12:30 the bird activity went up a lot. At one point we saw one Mourning Dove walking on the ground. It scared away a lot of the other birds. We appreciated this oppurtunity to go watch the birds and nature. 


What we've seen this school year


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


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