Daposka Ahnkodapi students build birdhouses for Heritage Trail

Daposka Ahnkodapi students deliver birdhouses for the Osage Nation’s Heritage Trail on July 15. CODY HAMMER/Osage News

Daposka Ahnkodapi students tested their woodworking skills and flexed their artistic muscles when they built birdhouses for the Osage Nation’s Heritage Trail in Pawhuska.

Superintendent Patrick Martin said the project came about after speaking with the Harvest Land’s ornithologist, Cameron Chesbro. Martin said birdhouses were suggested after they walked the trail when it opened in May and that Harvest Land employees would hang them.

“It was a way to decorate the trail and provide housing and get the kids involved,” Martin said. “The kids and teachers loved the project and especially loved painting. The older kids got to actually hammer down the birdhouses.”

The birdhouses vary in shapes and sizes to accommodate the different bird species in the area, Martin said. The students had fun studying the different types of birds and learning more about the area’s ecosystem. They delivered the birdhouses to Harvest Land on July 15.

“I would do it again, it was an amazing thing to work on,” said Pehan RedCorn, 5th grader.

The birdhouses are visible to the public eye along the trail and if closely examined, patrons can even see the artist’s signature.

“My favorite part of the project was painting, and I loved working on it,” said Luna Jacobs, a 5th grader. Her father, Kilan Jacobs, is also an artist. “It was easy and fun. I got to help build some of the birdhouses and I hope we do it again.”

The kids delivered the birdhouses to Harvest Land on July 15 and spoke with Chesbro about their birdhouses and learned more details about the project and the ecosystem.

Osage News intern Krislynn Maker contributed to this report.