Our good friends from the Retzer Nature Center joined us today to help us learn more about our Fine Feathered Friends.
Before splitting off in smaller groups, we all united to learn about different flight methods. From quick start wings to high speed wings, gliders and soarers, students learned about and practiced different ways to fly.
We then enjoyed a wonderful picture book Baby Wren and the Great Gift before working on our winter bird call identification skills.
We then headed to the classroom to meet Gracie the dove and see flight in action.
Gracie wasn't the most cooperative today, but she did enjoy the rocking chair.
After giving Gracie a break, the students enjoyed working with various artifacts including nests, skulls, feathers, and wings.
Then it was on to working with lard, bagels and birdseed to create delicious bird treats.
We headed outside to hang our bagel treats and look for bird activity. It was a bit icy so we had to navigate carefully. As we walked off trail, I saw a few boys huddle excitedly under an evergreen tree. Once I got there, they shared the reason for their excitement.
It was a nest.
We saw a red-tailed hawk soar up above us as we explored frozen tracks and rivers of ice. It was great to see our Retzer friends and great to be outside.