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FROM READERS: Columbia second-graders participate in Bird Day

Friday, April 26, 2013 | 2:32 p.m. CDT; updated 4:36 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 27, 2013
Columbia Public Schools second graders watch as a handler shows them an owl at Second Grade Bird Day.

Mike Szydlowski is the K-12 Science Coordinator for Columbia Public Schools. He believes an important part of getting students interested in science is providing them with experiments outside the classroom.

Here are the details about the Second Grade Bird Day:

Schools involved include: Grant, New Haven, Benton, Ridgeway, and Derby Ridge. In all 400 students participated today. All were second-graders.

Organizers: Columbia Public Schools Science Office, Columbia Audubon Society, Missouri Dept. Of Conservation, Raptor Rehab, and the Missouri River Bird Observatory.

Students participated in 4 stations that included the following:

  • Bird Banding...licensed bird bankers caught, registered, measured, and released wild birds for scientific research. Every group of students was able to see the process with live birds.
  • Raptors...students learned about the adaptations of raptors. A live rescued owl and hawk were introduced to each session of students.
  • Quail Simulation...students learned about the survival and predation of birds through a quail simulation
  • Pick a Beak...students explored five stations to learn about why different birds have different beaks.

We will repeat this experience next year during three fall days.

Mike Szydlowski also shared the photos from the event below:

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This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor Joy Mayer.


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