Adv. Biology class explores the world of birding


Photo by Zachary Daily

Students explore the Bartlett Arboretum hunting for various bird species during an all-day birding trip. This was the first trip of the year, in which students identified a total of 40 birds. “It was fun, and everyone got along pretty well,” senior Lance Pauly said.

Written by Zachary Daily, staff member

Every year, the Advanced Biology class takes a birding trip to several locations near Conway. Locations this year included the Slate Creek Wetlands, the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, and the Chaplin Nature Center in Ark City. 

“I enjoy seeing all the wildlife around us,” senior Lance Pauly said. “It gives me something to look forward to, pay attention to the details.” 

The trip was on Sept. 10.

“It was fun watching Mr. Bellar freak out about birds,” senior Emily Heimerman said, laughing. 

Several students said they enjoyed the experience overall too. 

“My favorite part was probably just being with the classmates, enjoying the good time we all had,” junior Kara Zoglmann said. “Everyone was different when it came to birding, and we had a fun time with it.” 

Some students also said they thought it was important to go birding.

“It’s important to understand birds and how they came to be, and how they adapt,” senior Lauren Mercer said.