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

First day of spring!

March 20, 2015 - 9:30am -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Day before spring break starts and the birds know its the first day of  spring! Our class has been hearing their songs through the windows  :) We see a lot of different types of birds but they mostly consist of mourning doves, finches, and sparrows. It's beautiful! We have also been watching a bird cam from Georgia about owls. It's so cute watching them all grow up and live in the wild!

We are glad that the amount of birds have risen since the nice weather is coming around. There is definitely spring in the air!

March Bird Watching

March 6, 2015 - 9:28am -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Recently, our class has seen white crowned finches and house sparrows in addition to the common house finches, morning doves, american goldfinches. To add to our class's interest in birds we have been watching the great horned owls in Savannah, Georgia with the adorable little baby owls. 

- Jessica and Christina

Friday- Busy Day!!

February 6, 2015 - 9:24am -- Mrs. Brunmeier

Today we have had a lot of activity. There have been many House Finches, but also Morning Doves! And we have had our first siting of Gold Finches yesterday, how exciting!

Foggy Day in Caldwell

February 4, 2015 - 9:27am -- Mrs. Brunmeier

It was a foggy boring day. Basically the only birds we have  been geting are house finches. It hasn't been very exciting lately only a few groups and birds here and there with a lot of house finches :(


Freddy & Veronica


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
2 Flying 12/06/2017 - 1:00am Details

Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)
3 Flying 12/06/2017 - 1:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
34 Perched 12/05/2017 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
85 Perched 12/01/2017 - 1:15pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
17 Perched 12/01/2017 - 1:15pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
12 Feeder 11/27/2017 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
10 Flying 11/14/2017 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Flying 11/13/2017 - 12:45pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
38 Feeder 11/10/2017 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
35 Perched 11/09/2017 - 1:00pm Details


Jamie Brunmeier, Grade 8
Caldwell, Idaho USA


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