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

Guest Birds

November 21, 2014 - 2:25pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

This month we had the pleasure of two guest birds along with their "handler"  Barb in our classroom.  She was a joy to listen too and we learned loads about the Birds of Prey Center and her two birds, Merlin and Little Hawk.  Having the live birds come in was a really fun way for all of us to learn about birds.  Barb even inspired a few of our peers to think about a career in ornithology.   Thank you Barb!!

Veronica & Christian


October 17, 2014 - 12:53pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

The leaves are falling, and the birds are coming. Its really windy outside and the birds like it. The month of october is when i see the birds the most. 

-Christan and Veronica


September 26, 2014 - 12:58pm -- Mrs. Brunmeier

We have put up full feeders in front of our school, but so far we are only seeing starlings and mourning doves. We have never noticed how many birds there are, until we put up the feeders outside the classroom window. It has been very fun learning to identify different species of birds. :)

-Cassie and Tori


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
1 Flying 10/04/2017 - 12:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
6 Feeder 10/03/2017 - 12:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
9 Ground 10/02/2017 - 1:00pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Ground 10/02/2017 - 1:00pm Details

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
3 Ground 09/27/2017 - 1:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
9 Perched 09/27/2017 - 1:00pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 09/27/2017 - 1:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
12 Perched 09/26/2017 - 1:15pm Details

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
1 Flying 09/26/2017 - 1:15pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Perched 09/26/2017 - 1:15pm Details


Jamie Brunmeier, Grade 8
Caldwell, Idaho USA


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