Twenty-five percent of all birds in North America are missing, and Mr. Clinton’s classes want to know why. The Spanish classes and Bridges English are embarking on a project to consider the habitat surrounding RLHS and try to improve the production of chicks by improving the number of nesting sites for the cavity-nesters by establishing nesting boxes.
We have found that the existing habitat immediately surrounding RLHS is actually very good, offering shelter, berry bearing trees and bushes and wild grass seeds as well as a lush riparian zone. Many of the birds facing falling populations are migratory, such as the mountain bluebird and tree swallow. Both can be found around the school in the spring and summer. These two important birds are cavity nesters and so we hope that by creating nesting sites we can improve their numbers.
We are also building smaller boxes for the smaller finches, wrens and chickadees that also live here, although many of those are not migratory.
We will be presenting a documentary when we have finished the project in the spring. Until then, please take a walk around the school and along the river and see how many nesting boxes you can see.