In classrooms around the country, teachers who love birds and nature are introducing children to a source of life-long enjoyment. Emily Czerwonka, a kindergarten teacher, asks her students to select and study a bird “most like them.” Rocco, pictured here, says, “I’m studying the Great Horned Owl because it can tear up its food and eat the meat — and I like meat!”
Nurturing a Love of Birds
Interviews and writing by Chris Peterson
This is BirdNote!
[Kindergartners sing “Inch by Inch”]
In classrooms around the country, teachers who love birds and nature are introducing students to a source of life-long enjoyment. Here’s kindergarten teacher Emily Czerwonka:
“So they choose a bird that is most like them. And then they go through different steps in learning about that bird so, it’s about a 3-month project that we do and they get to present their knowledge as ornithologists to their school community and the community at large.”
Rocco knows why he made his choice:
“I’m studying the Great Horned Owl…because it can tear up its food and eat the meat – and I like meat.”
We asked Molly what someone should know about her bird, the Pileated Woodpecker:
“They eat like ants and spiders. They have a chiseled beak and climbing feet, and their babies have little tufts of hair that are just kind of orange.”
Cedar holds his life-size replica of a Snowy Owl. Why the Snowy Owl?
“Because I like the colors black and white and I like that it has hooked feet. Um, it eats rodents and fish and sometimes bunnies…wild bunnies.”
If you know a teacher who uses BirdNote in the classroom, let us know and we may feature their work. Begin at BirdNote.org. I’m Michael Stein. [Kindergartners singing “Inch by Inch”]
All tracks recorded by C. Peterson.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson / Dominic Black
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org September 2015 Narrator: Michael Stein
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