Parkview Bird Club finds 25 species


Julie Kohlmann’s third-grade class at Parkview Elementary School attends an International Migratory Bird Day celebration with Mayor Don Pohlman and Parkview custodian John Roehre, advisor to the school’s Bird Club. — Submitted photo Julie Kohlmann’s third-grade class at Parkview Elementary School attends an International Migratory Bird Day celebration with Mayor Don Pohlman and Parkview custodian John Roehre, advisor to the school’s Bird Club. — Submitted photo The Bird Club at Parkview Elementary School in Plymouth recently hosted an International Migratory Bird Day celebration attended by the mayor.

The Parkview Bird Club, which includes students from Julie Kohlmann’s third-grade class, is advised by custodian John Roehre, a bird enthusiast who shares his hobby with students.

The annual observance, held June 4 this year, is one of the rea- sons Plymouth has been designated as a Bird City for the third year in a row.

Mayor Don Pohlman read a proclamation and took questions from students. In attendance were Kohlmann and her students; Tanya Williamson, a Plymouth Park Board member and assistant to the city public works director; and Roehre, who also is a Park Board member.

Roehre guides the Bird Club on hikes around the school grounds to look for birds. Parkview has 12 acres and a great mix of habitats, from neighboring houses with wooded lots and bird feeders to a corner nature center.

Roehre and the students keep track of the birds they saw on, over and from school grounds between April 29 and May 27, tallying 25 different species this spring. New this year, a field guide on Wisconsin birds was raffled and won by Allison Kultgen.

“I sure enjoyed the opportunity to bring the kids outdoors and watch them immediately engage in birding,” Roehre said. “Hopefully, to many, it will be a lifelong enjoyment.”

Roehre said he enjoys hearing students say they saw a particular bird at a feeder. And he was thrilled in the fall when a fourth-grader who had been in the club the spring before brought in pictures she had taken of birds in her back yard. “She was so excited to show me, and I was impressed with her eye for making great pictures,” he said

This year’s students also enjoyed the experience. “I never knew we had so many different kinds of birds in Plymouth,” Breanna said.


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