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School Nest Watch Program Guide

Secondary, Elementary, Middle

Description

This resource was in developed in support of School Nest Watch, a monitoring program designed to give students first-hand experience with many of our local birds.

The March and April nature guides draw attention to a number of interesting bird species. Some like the highly entertaining Chickadee are year-round residents in most parts of Canada while others including the aerobatic tree swallow and colorful Eastern Bluebird, are just making their return.  Tips for observating bird species that are nesting or 'on the move' can be found in any of the spring nature guides.

While this particular resource provides information for teachers on how to register and participate in the national monitoring program, it also it also contains instructions on how to build and locate nesting boxes to attract these and other bird species to the school yard. March is a perfect time to build as by the end of the month the birds will be looking to ‘move in’. Students can place the boxes around the school yard as soon as the ground has thawed and begin to monitor and study bird behavior for the remainder of the school year.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

A nesting box program could be an ongoing curriculum-based project to connect students, staff and community in an effort to enhance the school yard and provide crucial nesting habitat.

Construction, installation, monitoring and maintenance of the nesting structures will involve the students in meaningful outdoor learning throughout the school year. These activities support a range of outcomes across the curriculum.  Obvious fits are with Science 4 (Habitats), Science 6 (Biodiversity), Science 7 & 10 (Ecosystems) and Environmental Science 12.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Community-Building and Participation
  • Ecosystems (3)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity
    • Habitat Loss
  • Land Use & Natural Resources (1)

    • Habitat Restoration