Village Charter School

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Good-bye, Miss Heidi!

May 23, 2016 - 5:14pm -- susangardner

We had a last bird walk with Miss Heidi this morning.  We even managed to see a few birds after we broadcast far and wide we were coming (first grade birders). We noted a kestral box put up by Dr Fisher a few years ago, and wondered if it was now inhabited by one of the many Starlings we see around our neighborhood. After our walk, we headed back to look at the Mallard Nest in our back yard. The eggs are all gone now and it looks as if they may have been preyed upon BUT, Heidi showed us one of the eggshells looked as if it had been hatched out of. We all prefer that story line. It's hard work being a bird mama!


First Grade Musings ...

April 30, 2016 - 8:38am -- susangardner

The song of birds seem everywhere these days - but the feeders have slowed waaay down with emptying out. The discussion the other day was WHY?  A few thought the birds had all migrated (but quickly rethought that) but one or two shot their hands up and reminded us that as things wake up and grow during the spring, the birds have a lot more options for eating. What we have had fun watching are the pairs of malards up and down the canal this past month. Babies were spotted last week. Heidi Ware came in to help us poke through a mass of owl pellets as we move toward and end of the year visit to Birds of Prey. Heidi has helped keep "birds" alive in our class all year, and have been thankful for the expertise she offers the children. They identfy Idaho birds, know a lot of their songs and continue to look with new eyes at their Idaho surroundings. It's all I could have hoped for!

Pre-Holiday Break Observation

December 30, 2015 - 4:00pm -- susangardner

It was a cold and grateful crowd of birds I met at the feeders today ... I stopped by the quiet school to refill and grab the latest data to post. Our last day before holiday break was thick with excitement - outside as well as inside. I won't soon forget the sight of first graders clutching their clipboards as they identified and marked birds they saw that afternoon. I have children who are emerging birders, and it's a beautiful thing. So grateful for this program! Happy New Year, B3!!  Excited to see what January brings.

It's a Dove Kind of Friday!

October 23, 2015 - 2:23pm -- susangardner

We went out to stock up the water and feed for the week-end, and happened upon no less than a dozen DOVES in and around the ground feeder. 

Do they always travel in such packs?  I was amazed and excited to have in hand, next week's featured back-yard bird!

Sparrows, doves and crows over-head have been a source of excitement this past week. Using the hand-held "Identiflyer" is another bright spot in our

attempts to become birders in first grade. The class delights in listening to the chickadee song. 


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
3 Ground 05/23/2016 - 8:30am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
7 Flying 05/23/2016 - 8:30am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
9 Ground 05/23/2016 - 8:30am Details

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
7 Flying 05/23/2016 - 8:30am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Perched 05/23/2016 - 8:30am Details

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
5 Ground 05/23/2016 - 8:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
7 Ground 05/16/2016 - 1:00pm Details

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
5 Feeder 05/16/2016 - 1:00pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Perched 05/16/2016 - 1:00pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Perched 04/28/2016 - 1:30pm Details


Susan Gardner, Grade 1
Boise, Idaho USA


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