The first location we visited was a wildlife hotspot in Seattle. This urban wetland is loaded with wildlife. Students were asked to apply the bird language skills they have been studying all year to make observations about the bird life in this area. We were especially interested in observing feeding, courting and nesting behaviors.
Here are a few of the highlights from our day in the field.
Here a great blue heron stalks fish in the shallows of Lake Washington. We observed this heron catch multiple small fish in a matter of minutes. It was a skilled stalker and hunter.
On the next day, students got an opportunity to visit a local zoo and educational center called NW Trek. This facility houses only animals native to the Pacific Northwest. It provides an amazing opportunity for students to closely observe many of the animals that they have been studying through tracking and through their homework assignments.
Here are a few of the highlights of the creatures we observed.
A massive grizzly bear sits and observes students, as they observe the bear. Notice the thickly built legs and huge claws of this bear!
The week of closely observing so many amazing animals was deeply rewarding. We learned a great deal about their habitats, movement patterns, and what aspects of their environment were most important to them.
Watch for more updates coming soon!