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Providing a Backyard Feeding Station for Birds

Secondary, Middle

Description

This easy to implement activity provides students and teachers with a blueprint for building a winter bird-feeding station.  Using readily available and inexpensive materials, students create different types of feeders to attact a variety of over-wintering birds and small mammals.

This project provides opportunities for students to witness biodiversity and adaptation in their schoolyard and at the same time provide important wildlife habitat (food and shelter) at a very stressful time of the year.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource provides a meaningful winter activity to support the  study of habitats, biodiversity and animal adaptation.  The winter feeding station will also provide students with an authentic context in which to explore biotic-aboitic interactions and the role played by limiting factors in ecosystems.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity