To make this "Backyard Science" unit more authentic, Mrs. Scharffenberg scheduled a Skype session with an expert on birds. Lisa Hutchingson from Mass Audubon joined this class to answer questions that the students had about birds. The students took turns asking Ms. Hutchingson questions such as: What is "Anting"?, How many birds are in the world? What are her favorite birds? Why do we not see as many birds at our feeder as we used to? We even stumped her with a question about how many Jays there are in North America.
Check out the video from our Skype session: