Village Charter School

Birding continues at the Village Charter School on Orchard his year.  Sixth grade is making a study of birds in science this year, and middle math students take daily birding breaks.  House finches, lesser gold finches, sparrows, and doves make living in our classroom a delight, and binoculars are ready to be pulled out in seconds.  I love this way to being with kids; oh and we do learn math too.  

What's New

Adding Peanuts

November 13, 2014 - 11:38am -- helenfisher

We added a peanut feed this week after observing an interested flicker.  We also hope to attract the nuthatch that frequented last week.  


November 11, 2014 - 10:12am -- helenfisher

The birds were out in force around the feeders after our first cold night!  Students saw a first junco and a flicker showing interest.  

Birding and Citizen Science

November 5, 2014 - 9:36am -- helenfisher

TVCS was visited by Heidi Ware on Tuesday.  We talked about the importance of birds and why mapping migration is important information.  A word we learned was "bioindicator".  Bioindicators are species that can be used to monitor the health of an environment or ecosystem.  Birds are easy to observe and are sensitive to changes in climate, pollution and habitat loss. (Sabriena)

Our visit from ornithologist, Heidi Ware, was great and we would love to tell you about it.  She taught us the importance of citizen science.  Citizens are important to science because there are many of us, we have time, we can attract birds to our schools, we can observe over many more locations together than scientists can do alone.  We thought it was very cool where she told us our data was going.  We liked the questions she presented to us and the moving bird maps of the US that are generated by e-bird.  E-bird is the data base where citizen data ends up.  The data can show if bird numbers are decreasing or increasing, environmental changes that affect birds, and migration routes and times.  For 1 hectare of tropical rainforest, it would take 500 scientistis many years just to find all the living organisms.  When citizens help, more information can be gathered.

The TVCS middle school is monitoring species of birds that are around the Morris Hill Cemetary-Bench area.

Village 7th grade class

Cats at Feeders

September 22, 2014 - 9:21am -- vickyrunnoe

Good for you and your students for finding your furry feeder visitor a new indoor home!  Cats are wonderful pets, but too many cat owners have no idea how lethal their cat can be to the birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians in their neighborhood.  Free-ranging domestic cats kill an estimated 1.4 - 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 - 20.7 billion small mammals each year!  Allowing your cat to roam is also dangerous for your pet.  Cats can be killed by predators, cars and unpleasant people as well as get sick or injured.  It is much safer for cats and wildlife alike if cats stay indoors.   


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Feeder 01/31/2017 - 2:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2 Ground 01/31/2017 - 2:30pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
5 Ground 01/31/2017 - 2:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
5 Feeder 01/25/2017 - 2:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Feeder 01/25/2017 - 2:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
5 Ground 01/25/2017 - 2:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
7 Feeder 01/25/2017 - 2:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 01/25/2017 - 10:45am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
4 Ground 01/25/2017 - 10:45am Details

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
1 Ground 01/25/2017 - 10:45am Details


Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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