Thank you to Special Guest Columnist: Mrs. Lara Fish
It is National Birding Week and while there are thousands of people out at the local marshes and metroparks viewing all the various species of birds, why not stay on school grounds to view and be part of continuing the survival of one of the most beautiful species of birds— the bluebird?
That’s what some of our students have been doing in the past couple of months out at the Northwood High School Outdoor Environmental Science Lab and outdoor classroom.
In cooperation with the Green Creek Wildlife Society headed by former Gibsonburg teacher Tom Kashmer and local birding enthusiast Lisa Rock, junior high science teacher, Lara Fish, helped coordinate the establishment of a “bluebird trail” on the 20 acres of restored farmland and infinity trail at the intersection of Curtice and Bradner Road.
In March, Mrs. Fish, Mrs. Semler, our custodian Mr. Crofts (who is an avid birder), student Nick Genzman (and several family members of these people), Tom Kashmer, and Lisa Rock, all met out at the outdoor classroom to install ten bluebird nesting boxes. It was a chilly afternoon, but full of excitement as they all worked to get the bluebird nesting boxes up and available for bluebird nesting.
Students then went to the outdoor classroom with Mrs. Fish on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout March and April, monitoring nests. In the first week of May, students noticed some nest building. On May 8th, students were excited to find a nest full of eggs! Students sat back and watched the nest for the parent bluebirds and were able to get some beautiful photos thanks to Emma Veres, Landon Beckman, and Nick Genzman.
When the eggs hatch, students will have the opportunity to band the birds to monitor their migratory habits!
If you are interested in being part of the Northwood High School Outdoor Environmental Science Lab, please see Mrs. Fish.
Thank you to the following students who have assisted with bluebird monitoring: Davit Vayavong, Cecil Neiderkorn, Logan Mobis, Anya Danyi, Anya Rau, Nick Genzman, Toby Cufr, Emma Billman, Emma Veres, Nolan LaFeir, Landon Beckman, Joziah Smith, and Casei Wilson.
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