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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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 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 Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 02/28/2017 - 9:00am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Ground 02/27/2017 - 3:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
6 Feeder 02/27/2017 - 3:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Ground 02/27/2017 - 3:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Ground 02/27/2017 - 3:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Ground 02/27/2017 - 3:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 02/16/2017 - 10:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 02/16/2017 - 10:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Ground 02/16/2017 - 10:00am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
1 Ground 02/16/2017 - 10:00am Details

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Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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