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Bird Is The Word

Claire Nelson, Staff Writer

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From the Oak Titmouse to the Turdus migratorius (American Robin), renowned “Birder” Mr. Sherron has loved birds all of his life. And, for over 20 years, he has passed on this love of birds to his students by introducing two birds to them each Monday. Now, as his last year at Analy comes to a close, we must come to terms with the fact that we will not only lose a great biology teacher, but a great bird enthusiast as well.

 

What made you love birds?

“Since I was little, I wanted to know living things and their names, because their names give me the power to learn more about them.” Birds were easy because they were everywhere, and Mr. Sherron avidly pursued his hobby of identifying them.

 

Why did you choose to teach students about birds?

“I think that it is important to learn about nature around you, even something as small as a bird, because humans tend to only think of themselves on Earth. But really, there is so much more.”

 

What is your favorite bird?

“Osprey. Because an Osprey is a big bird and I like the way it catches its food. Ospreys work hard to catch their food. Out of ten fish, an Osprey only gets one, yet they keep diving into the water because they are determined.”

 

Students in his class can affirm that Bird Monday is a highlight of the week (not including the bird test). Mr. Sherron can rest assured that his hard work has paid off when students begin to identify the birds in their day-to-day lives. Suddenly these small flying creatures have names, and spotting them becomes fun. Sadly, Mr. Sherron will soon be leaving us and finding a new school to teach at. He will still, however, be teaching in Sonoma County. In his words, it will be a “new school but the same birds.” We wish Mr. Sherron the best and thank him for always being “chirpy” and for constantly having a smile on his face.

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