We are doing a project called Project FeederWatch. It is about finding different bird species, graphing and recording the number we see, and then reporting it to Cornell University.
We are doing it for the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. We are doing it October through March. We are doing it in Mrs. Fraher’s class, Mrs. Goucher’s class, our school habitat, and by the desert wash outside our class.
We are feeding the birds, observing the different feeder locations throughout the day, and recording what we find.
The first steps of this project was to get to know the birds and their features and their habits so when we are ready to tally their numbers we know what species we are seeing.
We did this through observing birds,
keeping a record of the species we have found using a digital camera and a birding journal.
So far, we have observed nineteen species!
Cactus Wren House Finch White Crown Sparrow
Song Sparrow Curved Bill Thrasher Gila Woodpecker
Gilded Flicker Gamble’s Quail Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal American Robin American Crow
Abert’s Towhee Western Wood Pee-Wee
During reading class, we read a nonfiction article from Ranger Rick Magazine about a woman who is a photographer and explores her backyard-the Galapagos Islands. The article was called Wild Shots: They’re My Life. We are being photographers just like her, but we are taking the photos in our backyard-the Sonoran Desert. The photos you will see and learn about were taken at our school, in our school habitat, and around our neighborhoods.
by Claire and Lilly
There are many kinds of deserts. Some deserts have just sand like the Saharan Desert and some have lots of plants and animals like the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is located in Arizona and other parts of the west. This desert usually gets less than 10 inches of rain a year. In the summer, temperatures can get as high as 130 degress! The Sonoran Desert is sometimes called the “green desert” because of all the plants that grow here.
What do you call six experiments using six different scientific tools in sixty minutes? Science Speed Circle! The students in our class used each of the science tools to complete a short science experiment lasting ten minutes each. These experiments were designed to best illustrate the specific use of each tool. Look over the pictures and see if you recognize some of the scientific tools. Have you used any of these tools while conducting a science experiment? Let us know.