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Nurturing a Love of Birds

Plant the seed and watch it grow!

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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!”

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BirdNote®
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.”

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”]

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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

ID#     czerwonkae-01-2013-09-20 czerwonkae-01           Marantz V Tracks 168, 179, 177, 176, 178, 180.

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