Trail Wind Elementary

What's New

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!

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. :)


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
4 Ground 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
6 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
3 Perched 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
1 Ground 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

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

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 11/27/2017 - 10:30am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Feeder 11/27/2017 - 10:30am Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
3 Perched 11/27/2017 - 10:30am Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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