A class of Kuna first-grade students helped experts from the Intermountain Bird Observatory band birds to track the animals as they migrate.
Students from Crimson Point Elementary got to observe and even help as Heidi Ware, education director for the observatory, worked with her team to catch, band and then release birds.
IBO tracks the birds’ fat and muscle mass, among other things, to get an idea of the health of various species as they move through Idaho.
A new site along the Boise River complements the observatory’s more well-known banding site high on Lucky Peak, and it is also more accessible. Although Ware and her volunteers have been banding along the river since February, the Crimson Point students were the first to use the site for hands-on science.
The outing will complement the students’ Science Fridays, where they will tend a bird feeder, and identify and record the birds they see.
“It’s all about starting young and getting the next generation interested,” said teacher Miranda Podolsky. “And I hope it’s an interest that lasts a lifetime.”