Parkview Bird Club finds 30 bird species

THE PARKVIEW BIRD CLUB hosted an International Migratory Bird Day celebration May 26. — Submitted photo THE PARKVIEW BIRD CLUB hosted an International Migratory Bird Day celebration May 26. — Submitted photo The Bird Club at Parkview Elementary School in Plymouth recently hosted an International Migratory Bird Day celebration after finding 30 bird species - 16 of them migratory - on school grounds this spring.

During the May 26 ceremony, Mayor Don Pohlman read an official proclamation, which said in part: “IMBD is not only a day to foster appreciation for wild birds and to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation, but also a call to action.”

The Parkview Bird Club includes students from Lisa Josephs’ thirdgrade class and is advised by custodian John Roehre, a bird enthusiast who shares his hobby with students.

In addition to Pohlman, Roehre, Josephs and her students, the International Migratory Bird Day observance was attended by educational specialist Sarah Desiderio, educational assistant Karen Wilde, Angie Paape of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and Jamie Piontkowski, district communications coordinator.

This is the sixth year for the Plymouth Bird Club and the fifth year in a row that Plymouth has been recognized as a Bird City, in part because of the International Migratory Bird Day celebration.

From mid-April to mid-May, Roehre guides groups of students on weekly 50-minute hikes around the perimeter of the school grounds. The school has 12 acres and a great mix of habitats, from neighboring houses with wooded lots and bird feeders to a corner nature center.

To hear and identify bird songs, students use iPod Touches and iPads loaded with Peterson’s bird guides. “What I loved about the Bird club was learning new bird calls and that I learned about birds,” one student said.

“What I liked about the Bird Club was that I got to try on the binoculars,” said another.

Each year, Roehre donates a copy of “Birds of Wisconsin” to an avid young birder; this year’s recipient was Grayson Schamberger.

In a related activity, students in Kelly Schmitz’ second-grade class dissected an English Sparrow nest, and found grass, weeds, lint, 13 pieces of white plastic, brown plastic, three gum wrappers, flowers, twine, two leaves, 19 feathers, tree bark, pebbles, a cough drop wrapper, hay, batting, tissues, twigs and colorful yarn.

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