Trail Wind Elementary

What's New

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!

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!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Feeder 02/28/2019 - 2:30pm Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
15 Ground 02/28/2019 - 2:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Ground 02/28/2019 - 2:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
7 Ground 01/24/2019 - 2:30pm Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
5 Feeder 01/24/2019 - 2:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Feeder 01/24/2019 - 2:30pm Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
16 Flying 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
5 Ground 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
15 Feeder 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 01/10/2019 - 10:15am Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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