San Francisco Nature Education's Sixth Annual Bird Calling Contest
Mercy High School - May 25, 2007
Photos by Jim Sullivan
Each year San Francisco Nature Education (SFNE) sponsors a Bird Calling Contest for third or fourth grade classes that participate in the School Program. Over the course of a year, students study natural history and avian biology and participate in field trips to local parks. Teams of students then choose a local bird, learn its call and plumage, and make their own costumes. They also pick cool facts about their bird and then weave them into a skit. Their efforts are featured in SFNE's annual bird calling contest. Judges from the Bay Area community (including ornithologists, environmental educators, and bird lovers) select the winners.
This year's flocks of local birds, presented by third graders from Jean Parker and Guadalupe Elementary Schools, included Lazuli Buntings, Red-shouldered Hawks, Great Horned Owls, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Peregrine Falcons, American Goldfinches, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Western Scrub Jays, Allen's Hummingbirds, Hooded Orioles, Steller's Jays, Golden-crowned Sparrows, Wilson's Warblers, Varied Thrushes, Song Sparrows, and Barn Owls.
This year's winners were the Western Scrub Jays, Anna's Hummingbirds, Varied Thrushes, and Song Sparrows.
San Francisco Nature Education would like to thank the following:
Dorothy McCrea and Rosalinda Callejas Sharpe, Administration, Mercy High School
Ms. Elaine Gee (3rd Grade Teacher - Jean Parker Elementary School), Mr. Steven Lavezzo (3rd Grade Teacher - Jean Parker Elementary School), Ms. Elizabeth McMartin (3rd Grade Teacher - Guadalupe Elementary School), Ms. Linda Tam (3rd Grade Teacher - Jean Parker Elementary School)
Our Judges: Mr. John Muir Laws, Ms. Ellen Sebastian Chang, Ms. Amy Dawson, Mr. Alan Hopkins
Peter Di Bono (accordion), our photographers Jim Elliot and Jim Sullivan, and all of our wonderful volunteers, naturalists and sponsors.