Friday, June 19, 2015

6.19.15 - Birdwatching For Beginners - Wixon Innovation School - 11 4th grade classrooms

I sure am a lucky bird nerd!  After weeks of planning I was able to visit every 4th grade classroom in this very special school - Wixon Innovation Middle School.  Each teacher was welcoming and so understanding about the scheduling of the class, and I spent an hour with each group of students and their teachers.  I either sent in birdoculars, or sent the materials for making them.  I can make about 25 on my own in an hour, but I ran out of time being able to keep up with what was needed for the visiting schedule I had planned.  The students were full of enthusiasm and questions and comments, and I couldn't possibly get to listen to each individual student - which is a bummer when there's limited time.  I asked them a favor though, that when they see me again, either at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History where I work, or at the grocery store, or at the gas station, pumping gas in my pj's, that they let me know about a bird they saw, or a question they have.  I explained that they could also do this through this very blog, and I will get back to them.  I had the BEST time with all of you!  I hope you enjoy the photos and I absolutely LOVED the Thank You cards!  Those make me cry every time... HAPPY tears, of course! (double click on photos below to enlarge)

Our Lists:
Chipping Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Song Sparrow
Barn Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
American Goldfinch
Black-capped Chickadee
House Finch
American Robin
House Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Fish Crow
Eastern Kingbird
Chimney Swift
Red-tailed Hawk
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Cardinal

Spotting the American Goldfinches in the tree
right in front of the school.

Birdocular professionals

See the tiny speck on top of the school... that's the bird they
were all checking out with their birdoculars.

Inspecting the House Sparrow nest in the old school bell.

Someone's in this tree!

Students showed me a nest they'd discovered under a cedar in the schoolyard.

Where IS that Northern Cardinal?!

Brown-headed Cowbird on top of the tree.

Feather found

Thank You notes - so very thoughtful and sweet!!!
Children's art is my favorite.  
How precious is this bird?  I couldn't love it more...

See you soon bird nerds!  THANK YOU for having me in your classrooms and for getting outside to see and hear the birds!

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