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I love Audubon Summer Camp!
My name is Keen and I love to attend summer camp at the Audubon Society. I have done two summer programs at the Audubon Society, Bird Nerds and Wildlife Detectives. My favorite was Wildlife Detectives because my sister was a counselor and we did a RIVER HIKE. But it’s not what you think it is, it’s a hike IN the river, not on a trail on the side of the river. There was this one day that we were catching insects and I caught a praying mantis. I’m looking forward to doing Wetland Warriors next summer.
Artwork by Oscar
My name is Oscar, I’m 8 years old and I enjoy learning about birds. During the Audubon Enhancement at my school, I got to dissect an owl pellet and play fun games about different species of birds. My favorite bird is the Peregrine Falcon, and my favorite spot to look at birds is in the trees. Some of the birds I like to draw or paint are Raptors. One bird I have not seen but hope to see is the Rufus Hummingbird.
Hello! My name is Gabriella Lockey. I had a wonderful time on my three trips with the Audubon Society of Denver. Two were part of the CO State Parks Junior Naturalist Program in partnership with the Audubon Society. The other program I did was at the bioblitz. I did the bioblitz in June and the other two trips in July. All of them were fun except at the end when my feet got tired. I must recommend coming to either one of these because it is wonderful place for kids and even adults! I think this because you can search for any kind of animal, but you have to usually be quiet or you won’t see them. I would also recommend having Kristine Helsper come with you because she knows a lot about birds and other animals, and would be a great help on your trips! I also loved watching all the beautiful birds! They looked so lovely in the sky, flying!
Part of our article is for my brother and I to interview each other. Please see interviews below.
Gabriella Lockey’s interview of Alexander Lockey:
What was your least favorite part? “Forgetting my water shoes”
What was your favorite bug? “The huge beetle”
What was your favorite bird? Why? “Yellow Warbler because it is yellow and it warbles”
Who was your favorite helper (As in human)? “Tie: Kristine & CO State Park Ranger Erik Geyer”
What was your least favorite bird? “Sparrow”
Did you have fun searching the beach for shells? Why? “Yes, because it is fun collecting them”
Alexander Lockey’s interview of Gabriella Lockey:
What is the fun part? “Finding the birds and animals and seeing the way they live”
What is the cool part? “Touching the moss”
What is the awesome part? “Meeting Kristine Helsper, a volunteer naturalists from the Audubon Society”
What is the boring part? “Nothing”
What is your favorite bird? “Barn owls, yellow warbler, and the red wing black bird
We both had so much fun! We will continue to look for more fun events put on by the Audubon Society of Denver and invite our friends and family to come along. We hope to see you at an upcoming event. Keep on birding!
Gabby & Alex
Every year birds like the Lark Bunting migrate to warmer places in the winter and go north in the spring. They travel at these times to avoid the cold temperatures when winter blows in. Birds like humming birds travel south to avoid the cold weather.
Other birds don’t migrate because in the winter they feed on different things that aren’t around the summer and in the summer they feed on things that aren’t around in the winter.
This is the case of the Black Billed Magpie that eats a wide variety of food.
If birds didn’t migrate, they wouldn’t survive.
- The Arctic Tern has the longest migration; it flies from the North Pole to the South Pole and back every year.
- Some of the hummingbirds we can see in Colorado migrate across the Gulf of Mexico to get to Central and South America.
- Some birds don’t eat at all while migrating while some others stop to eat.
10 Cool Facts About Boxelder Bugs
Friday, I was with my friend, and we found something called a boxelder bug. We were at the Audubon Society for a night time hike, and we found these bugs inside the research center.
We were very interested in these bugs because they didn’t bite us. We made them our pets for a little bit and then let them go outside. There were tons of dead ones inside, so we thought we’d save the live ones. I think they were inside because they knew winter was coming.
Here are 10 cool facts I learned about boxelder bugs:
1. They are also known as the “Democrat bug,” the “zug” and the “maple bug.”
2. They feed mostly on maple or boxelder trees. (We saw a boxelder tree on the hike!)
3. They can invade houses or other man-made buildings.
4. They hibernate inside of walls in the winter.
5. They are sometimes called “Democrats bugs,” because they swarm during October, which is right before people vote.
6. Adults are 1/2 inch long.
7. Adults also are black with orange or red markings.
8. They cannot or do not bite people.
9. Their poop can stain walls and furniture.
10. They do not reproduce inside homes, only outside.
Hummingbirds are amazing birds. With their flashy feathers, they are one of my favorite birds.
Hummingbirds are in the Apodiformes order (hummingbirds, swifts and tree swifts). There are 109 genera of hummingbirds worldwide, of those there are only 9 genera that breed\visit North America. There are about 335 different species of hummingbirds, of those, only 16 species breed\visit North America. Humming birds live naturally only in North and South America.
Hummingbird wing muscles are different from other birds because their wing muscles going up and down are the same in strength. While in other birds their muscles for pushing down are stronger.
Hummingbird fun facts:
- Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the most common hummingbird in Colorado.
- Hummingbirds lap up their food like a dog drinking water.
- Some hummers drink tree sap.
- Humming birds legs are too weak for them to walk on so they fly even for short distance.
- Hummers can fly backwards, sideways, and make sharp turns in midair.
Art By Seb
Flamingos in Chile
When my family and I went to Chile last March, we went to a salty lake to see flamingos. It was the Chaxa lagoon.
The flamingos are pink from eating tiny flat krill-like creatures (crustaceans). There are three species that live in Chaxa. One of them was the Chilean flamingo. Although we only saw one individual of these at the lake, we still saw how it ate, which is very interesting. It puts its beak in the water and then spins around –like dancing– catching the tiny creatures.
The Andean Flamingo was another species we saw. It was the most common and easiest to identify. The way to identify this flamingo is to look for the black feathers at the rear end. This flamingo eats by putting his beak in the water and walking forward.
The last species that lives there but that we didn’t see is the James Flamingo, which is the smallest and eats with a fork and knife (just kidding!). Identifying this one is trickier than the rest, because it looks similar to the Chilean Flamingo, except that is has more white and has a little bit of black at the end. But its size may help, only 90 cms compared with the 115 cms of height of the Chilean and Andean Flamingos.
Some of the other animals that live there (some of this we saw too) were the Andean Avocet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Andean Gull, White, Blue Swallow, foxes, lizards and salamanders.
- The Chilean flamingo is very Chilean because it looks like it’s dancing the Cueca, which is the traditional Chilean dance.
- The James flamingo is seen mostly during the winter because they migrate from the Andes Mountains to the lakes.
Which birds really stick together?