Polk Central Elementary School hosted its annual Day of Discovery in mid-November.
This year’s theme was “The Year of the Bird, 2018” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which has saved the lives of millions of birds.
- Ted Bell, falconer
- Stephen Tillotson and Tyson Phillips, State Park rangers
- Margeau Lance, Chimney Rock State Park
- Pam Torlina and Max Howes, Conserving Carolina
- Trudie Henninger and Libbie Dobbs-Alexander, North Carolina Arboretum
- Jason Faulds, Polk County Agricultural Economic Development
Polk Central fifth graders led sessions on such topics as :
- Grizzly Gizzards: Students simulated a bird’s digestive system using pebbles and plastic bags
- Turkey Talk: Students made turkey call devices and learned about the (approximately) 28 calls that turkeys make in the wild
- Mystery Pellets: Students dissected owl pellets to identify what the owl had just eaten
- The Bird Olympics: Students measured themselves against birds in events such as speed of running/flying, sense of smell, ability to eat enough to gain five percent body weight for migration, length of arm/wingspan and speed of flapping
- The Fine Art of Nesting: Students tried to build a bird’s nest
- The Great Migration Challenge: Students experienced some of the challenges that birds face when migrating such as confusing lights, wires, windows, buildings, cats, pesticides, lack of food/water/space
- Oily Problem; Students learned how feathers keep birds dry and then tried to clean oil off of feathers
- Food for the Brood: Students played a water relay game to model the effort that parent birds expend to feed their chicks
- Aiming to Save: Students played a mini-golf game to learn about essential components of habitat (food, water, shelter, space, air) and how the Endangered Species Act can assist birds when they are missing safe habitat.
- Bird Buffet: Students made pine cone/peanut butter bird feeders