The forty students were divided into small groups to circulate through the three parts of the program: a slide presentation, a close up bird treasures experience, and an outdoor bird walk. Students learned how to find the birds in their school yard and how to recognize them.
Above, students and volunteers gather in the school yard to begin their bird walk. Each of the students received a Waterford Press pocket guide to Tennessee Birds to carry on their bird walk to help them identify birds. They also could find birds they often see in their own yards.
Above, volunteer Doug Schneeberger scans for bird movement, while students get familiar with the birds on their guide. Students are taught how to spot a bird by watching for movement and listening.
The Discover Birds volunteers also shared binoculars and bird telescopes with the students giving them a special experience in viewing birds. Jerry Ledbetter, below, was able to find several bird nests that students could view through the scope.
eBird BirdLog, an application that enables the bird watcher to electronically record the birds seen on a website where bird records are kept.
Chimney Swifts were the most active birds seen zooming and clicking over head. Other birds included Northern Cardinal, American Robin, European Starling, and Rock Doves (pigeons). The students also noticed House Sparrows flying in and out of a hole under a roof in a house across the street from the playground. They promised to keep an eye on it to see if the birds are nesting there!
Each of the students received a Discover Birds Activity Book, compliments of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. A big thank you to First Lutheran School for inviting us to bring the Discover Birds Program to their school!
A special thank you to Colin Leonard for providing the above images.
A special thanks, also, to Discover Birds volunteers, Billie Cantwell, Marikay Waldvogel, Robin Barrow, Paula Schneeberger, Jerry Ledbetter and Doug Schneeberger. For more information on the Discover Birds Program contact Billie Cantwell: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links and Resources:
Discover Birds Program
First Lutheran School
Waterford Press Naturalist Pocket Guides