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Bluebirds Project

heron Birds of Wetlands Facts Table Activity

Bird species list: Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Canada Goose, Double crested Cormorant, Red winged Blackbird, Pintail Duck, Great Blue Heron, Common Loon, Osprey, American Bittern, Ruddy Duck, Blue-Winged Teal

tablr Use a table to develop a facts sheet about these birds.
Make a table in a word processing document. (Think ahead - how many rows and columns are needed?)
Enter eight (8) wetland bird species down the left side - one in each row.
Select bird species that can be found in your region/state.
Include your state bird as the 9th bird. (Include it even if it is not adapted to wetlands)

Label each column with a question/fact. Enter the answer to the question in the appropriate cell. Complete sentence answers are not necessary.


blue arrow Some birds stay in an area year round. Some nest in one region and have a different winter range.

Which birds winter in your area? Which nest in your area? Is it a year round resident?

Suggested column label: year round, breed, winter.

blue arrow For each species: Do the male and female birds look the same or different?

blue arrow What kind of bill or beak does the bird have?

blue arrow What kind of feet does the bird have?

blue arrow What does this bird eat? seeds, flowers/leaves, insects, reptiles, birds, mammals (Diet)

omnivore, carnivore, herbivore

blue arrow Is the species nocturnal, diurnal or crepuscular?

blue arrow Is the bird a Predator or prey or both?

blue arrow How does this bird depend on or need the wetland habitat? feeding, nesting, migrating

blue arrow Form some conclusions based on your data on these birds.

Explain how you have come to these conclusions.

Wildlife Notes is a handy resource for this project.

Finished? - Travel further:

Wetlands Birds - Nesting and Rearing

Emergence - How does the "intelligence" of an ant colony or the stock market arise out of the simple actions of its members?

Do you see emergence in birds of the wetlands? Explain.

cattails Wetlands: Habitat / Mammals / Birds / Macroinvertebrates - Aquatic insects / Plants & trees / Amphibians / Conclusions

Food Web Relationships / Ecology Vocabulary Exercise / Life Cycles / Competition Conundrum

Riparian Buffer Activity / Photos: page 1 - page 2 - page 3 / EcoCommunity Status in your state

Just Ducky - crossword puzzle / Name that Duck practice / Lentic or Lotic ecosystem? / Wetland Ecology Dilemmas

School Habitat Garden Project / Map and inventory local wetlands ( mid to advanced)

Environmental Careers

Internet Hunts / Puzzles and Projects / Problem based Learning / Fields MEadows & Fencerows Ecostudy Unit / Habitat Garden / Nature / Home

Updated 5/2009 Posted 9/08 by Cindy O'Hora
May be freely used in a educational setting.

"People can often learn about things around them by just observing those things carefully, but sometimes they can learn more by doing something to the things and noting what happens. Describing things as accurately as possible is important in science because it enables people to compare their observations with those of others.

Tools such as thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, or balances often give more information about things than can be obtained by just observing things without their help."Science NetLinks Benchmark 1- Nature of science - How science works

tree icon Save a tree - How to make a Digital Answer Sheet: Highlight the text of the questions on this web page, copy them - Edit .. Copy. Open a text document or word processing document. Paste the questions into the blank document. Answer the questions in the word processing document in a contrasting color (NOT YELLOW) or font (avoid fancy fonts like: black, Symbol, dearform fomnt or broad). Save frequently as you work. I do not like losing my work. You will not like it either. Submit your assignment via an electronic class dropbox or email attachment. Save a copy of your work on your computer.

Proof your responses. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. smiling icon Make Your Own Printed answer sheet.

The goal of this web project is to inform people through research while employing higher order thinking skills. This study unit encourages the use of free Internet information resources. Activities develop writing, information literacy, technology and mathematics skills. The resources posted here may be freely adapted or modified to meet each student's unique skills or interests.