By Jolinda Allerdings
The Red Butte Ramblers 4-H Club learned about hawks, ducks and owls at their April meeting at the Plevna Senior Center. Jolinda Allerdings, one of their 4-H leaders, showed them five bird mounts and a Great Horned Owl skull replica. She explained how to identify birds by looking at their size and color, their habitat and behavior.
Jolinda had just returned from the Montana 4-H Recreation Lab in Miles City. She taught a bird identification workshop to 4-Hers and leaders from across Montana. Jolinda borrowed the bird mounts from the Fish, Wildlife and Parks office in Miles City. FWP also provided their Birding educational trunk for the workshop. The Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Baker provided Sage Grouse booklets and folders for the workshop.
Jolinda learned a lot about birds last summer. She attended a Birds of Yellowstone Class at the Yellowstone Park Institute. In two days, the fourteen class members and the instructor identified 80 species of birds throughout northern Yellowstone Park. They used scopes to view several hawk nests.