Today, the 7th grade students continued their collection of data, which is part of Project FeederWatch, where they will report their findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It was a brisk, quiet morning that was a perfect bird watching environment.
Binoculars in hand, students were allocated into groups, led by community members and members of the Rutland County Audubon Society, and walked the nature trails located behind Rutland Town School. Many of the birds they observed today were chickadees, nuthatches, titmouse, and even a red-bellied woodpecker. Some students even found large nests high up in the trees. With the help from the Audubon members, they also learned how to identify the different nests, the various trees, and worked on recognizing the different bird calls they could hear along the walk. Students were quiet and attentive, asking questions and peering through the trees in hopes of seeing the many birds that inhabit the area around Rutland Town School.
Students will continue to collect more data throughout the winter, so be sure to stay tuned on this project! Thank you for those who came to assist and lead the bird walk today! Check out the highlights below.