During a winter-long class project observing and researching native birds, third- and fourth-graders at Apache Junction's Peralta Trail Elementary School have tracked 14 species of desert birds outside their windows. The students have identified and researched the birds, then shared the information with Cornell University for use in a larger study about the birds and habitats.
Their teachers, Gina Fraher and Julia Goucher, used the project to apply for a grant through the Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA).
"Project Feeder Watch" was named one of 11 grant recipients and one of only three winners to receive the maximum $10,000 award. The grant will be used by Fraher and Goucher to purchase iPads to assist with research, and binoculars to bring the birds closer to the students.