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


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 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.  



What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Feeder 02/06/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Feeder 02/05/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Feeder 02/05/2018 - 9:30am Details

Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius)
1 Perched 02/05/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
3 Feeder 01/30/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
4 Flying 01/30/2018 - 9:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Flying 01/29/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Perched 01/29/2018 - 9:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
6 Flying 01/29/2018 - 9:30am Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
1 Flying 01/29/2018 - 9:30am Details


Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.6065
Longitude: -116.234


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