Friday, September 18, 2015

9.18.15 - For The Birds Enrichment - Wixon Innovation School - Dennis, MA

Welcome to For The Birds Wixon students!  This great bunch of kids will be joining me learning about the birds here on Cape Cod & beyond, and about the species who live nearby and/or visit the school yard.  Wixon is surrounded by wonderful woods, expansive fields and thanks to the forward thinking D-Y district, there's even a solar farm on the property.  We're just getting to know each other and we spent some time in the yard today.  My intention was to show them some of the woods behind the school in the hopes of hearing and seeing some song birds.  Poison Ivy kept us away from the path entrance I had intended to use.  I sure didn't need anyone going home for the weekend with poison ivy!  So, we decided to stay out of the woods for this afternoon.  We did see some chickadees and house sparrows.  We also observed some evidence of birds and pointed out some cavities in a dying pitch pine & we talked about how it got there and why those spaces are so helpful to the birds.  It's going to be an interesting time with these bird nerds...
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Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Visible cavity in a pitch pine tree trunk

Poison Ivy... all around the entrances to the paths leading into the woods

Happy Birding young Bird Nerds and welcome For The Birds!  I'm looking forward to a great time learning about birds and nature with you all!

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