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Birds hatch at Career Academy

Students watched the birds from afar with their binoculars. "They learn so much from patiently waiting and watching," she said. "I've called them junior ornithologists." Students also have observed swallows, chickadees, cardinals, goldfinch, cowbirds nuthatches and mourning doves.

Students watched the birds from afar with their binoculars. "They learn so much from patiently waiting and watching," she said. "I've called them junior ornithologists." Students also have observed swallows, chickadees, cardinals, goldfinch, cowbirds nuthatches and mourning doves.

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Students in Shelley Yeatman's prekindergarten class in the Early Learning Center at the Newton College and Career Academy got to witness their baby bluebirds hatch before school let out. The birds nested in a house that she set up in their outdoor play area, which she also did when she taught at Fairview and Live Oak elementary schools as an offshoot of the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education summer class she took in 2003. She noticed five eggs in the birdhouse in late April, and she peeked in over the next three weeks to take photos and chronicle the process for her students.