San Francisco Nature Education's Seventh Annual Bird Calling Contest
Mercy High School - May 23, 2008

Steller's Jays
Steller's Jays

Red-tailed Hawks
Red-tailed Hawks

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 Jose Ortega Elementary School, included Steller's Jays, American Coots, Dark-eyed Juncos, Red-winged Blackbirds, American Robins, Red-tailed Hawks, Black Phoebes, Anna's Hummingbirds and Red-shouldered Hawks.

This year's winners were the Steller's Jays and Red-tailed Hawks.

San Francisco Nature Education would like to thank the following:

Dorothy McCrea, Principal, Mercy High School

Peter Di Bono (accordion), our photographers Jim Elliot and Jim Sullivan, and all of our wonderful volunteers, naturalists and sponsors.