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.  

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What to do about cats?

September 21, 2014 - 4:39pm -- helenfisher

We arrived at school in August to find a very appealing, friendly, hungry cat living right in our bird zone.  We know the neighborhood cats visit during winter, but a resident bird-feeder cat is not desirable.  Our first job this year was to befriend and capture the animal.  It wasn't hard, and after a visit to the vet we learned that this young 2-year old feline was already neutered, but riddled with worms.  She had been living at school for several weeks according to our custodian so we suspect she had left behind by her people.  The cat now has a new family, a new name and lives primarily indoors (nowhere near school and not at my house).  My first lessons to students this year are that their favorite kitties are bird killers and leaving cats to fend for themselves is neither kind to the cat and not at all kind to the wildlife.  

 

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Ground 01/25/2017 - 10:45am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 01/25/2017 - 10:45am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
4 Ground 01/25/2017 - 10:45am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
5 Perched 01/24/2017 - 3:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
3 Ground 01/24/2017 - 3:30pm Details

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
2 Feeder 01/24/2017 - 3:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 01/24/2017 - 3:30pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Ground 01/24/2017 - 3:30pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
6 Perched 01/23/2017 - 9:45am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
6 Ground 01/23/2017 - 9:45am Details

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Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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