Karen Peterson and Ms. Nicola Donatelli organized a special bird course for the Peaks Island Elementary School. They included Michelle Brown as their advisor and helper.
Ms. Nicola Donatelle’s Statement:
Grade 4/5 students at the Peaks Island Elementary School are studying about the birds of Peaks Island. The research will include ecology, resident bird populations, and migratory birds as well as how to identify birds by sight and by sound. On May 20th, students were awake with the birds and were led on an "early bird" field trip tour at Battery Steele by Peaks Island resident and birder, Michelle Brown.
Birds were observed in the marsh, over the ocean, and in the forest near Battery Steele:
New PI Birders overlooking Battery Steele Marsh
New PI Birders Overlooking the Ocean
New PI Birders Overlooking Battery Steel Forest Photos © Nicola Donatelli
Peaks Island Elementary School bird list with species habitats:
Double-crested Cormorant (Mostly this species was seen flying over the ocean.)
Pileated Woodpecker (We did not see the bird but we saw 'signs' of it: big dug-out area on a dead-standing tree was observed.)
Northern Flicker (Although a forest bird - we heard it calling around Battery Steele.)
Great Blue Heron
Black Ducks (We saw them flying overhead.)
Common Raven (A generalized species - it is seen in many different places.)
Michelle had a great time with the students on the bird walk and found that many of them had a great eye for birds, already knew many of the bird names, and learned quickly.
Congratulations new birders from Peaks Island Elementary School on finding so many great bird species on your first field trip. We look forward to learn about more of your adventures this summer.
Compiled by: Patty Wainright