Trail Wind Elementary

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Eggstravaganza

February 15, 2018 - 4:23pm -- karenp

We learned about bird eggs at our monthly presentation! Miss Vicky had a very cool PowerPoint with images of different birds, nests, and eggs. Students had fun dissecting hard-boiled eggs to look at the different parts of an egg. Miss Vicky shared many interesting facts about egg coloration, egg shape, and bird development.

Double dose of birds

January 19, 2018 - 4:40pm -- karenp

Miss Vicky came to our room on Thursday and talked to the students about flight and how birds fly. This dovetailed (ha! a pun!) nicely with the Forces of Flight unit we did during first semester before our field trip to the Gowen Air Show. It was a good week for bird-learning because a Trail Wind volunteer had scheduled a visit by the World Center for Birds of Prey. We got to see a Eurasian Eagle Owl, an Aplomado Falcon (so amazingly beautiful---I'd never seen one before!), and a Golden Eagle. What a treat!

Birdfeeders + bugs = cool science!

December 6, 2017 - 4:25pm -- karenp

So a couple weeks ago, I finally took down the hummingbird feeder from the outdoor classroom. Inside was a big clump of bugs that had crawled in the feeder holes trying to get the sugar water. After locating the ever-elusive dissecting microscopes that Trail Wind owns, I put a couple of the ants under the scopes and let the kids check them out. They were fascinated! Some students noticed that there were also a couple of bees in the bug clump. The next day, we had bees under the microscopes. We could see compound eyes, stingers, wing patterns, and spiky "hairs on the bees' bodies. Pretty cool!

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!

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Countsort descending Disposition Date and Time Link

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Feeder 01/29/2015 - 1:30pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Flying 10/10/2016 - 9:15am Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
1 Perched 02/06/2017 - 9:15am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
1 Ground 11/27/2017 - 10:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 03/16/2015 - 1:00pm Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Flying 10/06/2015 - 2:15pm Details

California Gull (Larus californicus)
1 Flying 01/29/2015 - 1:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Perched 12/11/2015 - 1:15pm Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
1 Ground 02/06/2017 - 9:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Ground 10/13/2014 - 1:00pm Details

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Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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