Birding

Birdwatching or birding is the observation of birds as a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by listening for bird sounds.


On April 16, 2013 Sharp School lauched it's very own Urban Bird Watching Program sponsored by the Cornell University of Ornithology. We have named the Sharp Urban Birding Program “Let's Celebrate, We Have Birds Too!!” inspired by Cornell's National Program entitled “Celebrating Urban Birds”.
Mrs. Serrano's 3rd grade class kicked off the program with the first 2 lessons of a 3-part lesson plan and Mrs. Moreno's 4th grade class followed shortly after, completing their first 2 lessons as well. The remaining 3rd and 4th graders from Mrs. Witherspoon and possibly Mrs. Elayoub's classes will participate in Sharp's Urban Birding Program this school year as well.
The program started as a result of Sharp becoming the benefactor of the donation of 15 binoculars and 2 bird feeders made by Mrs. Glasgow whose goal was to excite and engage the students in a science-related learning activity that could be a lot of fun and broaden their awareness of their role in maintaining our environment. The binoculars were obtained by the Camden County 4-H Center with funds from one of their Environmental Science mini-grants awarded to Mrs. Glasgow.
The multi-day Lesson Plan which was developed to comply with the mini-grant requirements, has been tied back to NJ State Core Standards for Science, Language Arts as well as Math, if the teachers decide to include graphing the student's observations. There is also a connection to the newly developed Environmental Science Standards.
Sharp was a great willing participate in Mrs. G's efforts to bring urban birding to life for 3rd & 4th graders and now these students can be proud that the data they will be collecting in their Camden neighborhood and sending to Cornell periodically, will be used in the University's ongoing Urban Bird Celebration!!! None of this would have been possible without Ms. Maggie McCann, 4-H Community Assistant of Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station and of course Mrs. Ruiz, Principal here @ Sharp Elementary!!