Thursday, April 20, 2017

Birding at Pisgah Wildlife Center

We ventured up the mountain to enjoy another class at Pisgah Wildlife Center.  Ranger Daniel presented the topic on birding.  We just love Ranger Daniel and his enthusiasm!

The first hour was spent in the classroom.  Ranger Daniel introduced the topic and several common birds of the area.  He described the song or call of each bird and played a sample of the song or call.  He used a variety of mnemonic devices to help the class remember the song or call.  After learning about four or five birds, he quizzed the class by playing a sound byte of the call or song and the students guessed the bird.  He would then add another four or five birds and repeat the process.  The students were great at remembering the different birds and their songs and calls.

Once all fifteen birds were reviewed, Ranger Daniel had the students grab a pair of binoculars and head outdoors.  He took them on a birding walk.  They stayed quiet and listened for the birds.  We heard many and saw quite a few.

This was a great outing and we learned more about the different songs and calls birds make.