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Birds and Climate Change

Elementary

Description

This web site explores the role of climate change in altering bird distribution and provides an overview of how NASA is using satellite imagery to map important bird areas and evaluate weather pattern changes in these regions. Students are also encouraged to become amateur birdwatchers to assist in documenting bird species and abundance in their community.  Instructions are provided for making an inexpensive homemade bird feeder that students can use to start their naturalist adventure.

 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource can be used to support student research into ecosystem interactions and the role of habitat in supporting animal populations. Students also have an opportunity to actively engage with nature through bird observations at their homemade feeders. A class could inventory species and numbers of birds that visit their feeders on a daily basis and provide the information to a local naturalist or bird-watching club. The site also supports curriculum about global warming and changes in weather events that may be affecting natural environments.

 

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  • Alberta
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    • Kindergarten
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        • Investigating change and the diversity of Earth’s systems helps us to develop understandings of the conditions necessary to sustain life
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        • Science: Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.
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        • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
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        • Characteristics and Needs of Living Things
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        • You and Your World: Our Environment
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        • Life Systems: Characteristics and Needs of Living Things
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        • Science 1: Living Things and the Environment
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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Biodiversity
    • Interdependence
  • Science and Technology (1)

    • Alternative Ways of Doing Science