Trail Wind Elementary

What's New

Owl pellets

November 2, 2017 - 11:17am -- karenp

Miss Vicky was in the classroom yesterday teaching about owls and owl pellets---perfect timing with Halloween! The kids got to see a live owl and dissect owl pellets. I'm having parent-teacher conferences today, and I've had several parents tell me how excited their kids were to bring home their baggies with bits of bones from the pellets. I've received several comments from parents about how much their kids enjoy all the birding activities!

Bird Banding field trip

October 6, 2017 - 12:33pm -- karenp

We enjoyed a wonderful bird banding field trip last week! Beautiful weather, fall colors, and kid-friendly, knowledgeable scientists combined for a memorable educational experience. This is the first time I've taken a class banding in the fall, and I was surprised at the difference in species we caught. Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Orange-Crowned Warblers were our most common catches. Students also enjoyed sorting camera-trap photos to see patterns in when animals use certain areas of the site. Thanks to Miss Heidi, Miss Vicky, and the other banders!

We are up and running at Trail Wind!

September 1, 2017 - 9:13am -- karenp

We filled placed our bird feeders in the outdoor classroom and got them filled on Tuesday! We also added a hummingbird feeder to see if we could draw some hummingbirds in before they migrate. Miss Vicky came on Wednesday, and we learned what special qualities make a bird a bird. She brought a Kestrel, which was a hit with the students. Of course, I forgot to take pictures again, so no uploaded pictures go with this post.

On the second day of school, when I explained how my class gets to participate in the Bird by Bird program, what we get to do, and that we were going on a bird banding field trip, one little girl was literally vibrating with excitement in her chair. So cute! Future birders are being made at Trail Wind. :)

Beautiful day on the river

May 5, 2017 - 7:12am -- karenp

Our class hit the jackpot in the weather lottery for our birding field trip! Jackets were optional yesterday morning as we arrived at the Boise River and met Miss Heidi and Miss Vicky. Due to the flooding, we couldn't band birds, but we saw vultures, flicker, heron, geese, seagulls, cowbirds, ravens, and other birds. We learned more about bird song and sonagrams, listened to bird song, and created our own sonagrams from environmental sounds. We even had a wren answer when Miss Heidi played wren song. Miss Heidi also showed us her trail cameras, and the kids got to see what kinds of wildlife ( and people!) use the area. What a fun way to spend a morning. :)


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
1 Flying 11/08/2017 - 1:15pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
7 Ground 11/08/2017 - 1:15pm Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
9 Flying 11/08/2017 - 1:15pm Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
14 Ground 10/17/2017 - 2:00pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
8 Feeder 10/17/2017 - 2:00pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 10/17/2017 - 2:00pm Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Feeder 10/17/2017 - 2:00pm Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
10 Ground 10/02/2017 - 9:45am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
8 Feeder 10/02/2017 - 9:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Feeder 10/02/2017 - 9:45am Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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