Natural History Unit 12: Summer Birds in Kansas

Unit 12: Summer Birds in Kansas (Question-based Objectives)

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Keywords– Barn Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Common Grackle, Indigo Bunting, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Turkey Vulture, Meadowlark sp., Green Heron, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Common Nighthawk, Northern Oriole, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, American Kestral, Rock Dove, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Wild Turkey, Yellow Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Wren, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin

Objectives

1. What are some of the birds commonly found in the summer in Kansas, and what are some interesting facts about them?

2. How are the Summer Birds in KS we’ll study related to each other?

3. How does bird behavior in spring compare to bird behavior in the fall and winter?

4. What birds have disappeared since this winter? Which have appeared?

5. How has the behavior of birds changed through the seasons?

6. How has interaction between birds changed through the seasons?

Activities/Labs

1. Complete “Summer Birds in Kansas Fact Find Questions”, using “Summer Birds in Kansas Information PPT” and/or field guides.

2. Identify all species from “Summer Birds in KS Practice PPT” (using Information PPT and field guides).

3. Create field-guide style drawings of at least 50% of the birds from the list above.

4. Create Summer Birds in Kansas Classification Concept Map using “A Checklist to Kansas Birds”.

5. Bird Behavior (LUTS 206; Parts B and C).

Extensions-

1. Create a field guide to Sparrow Family (Emberizidae) from Checklist of Tallgrass Prairie Birds for the Kansas Eco-Meet

2. Create a field guide to Hawk Family (Accipitridae) from Checklist of Tallgrass Prairie Birds for the Kansas Eco-Meet

Further Research: bird evolution, learn to identify all birds from Checklist of Tallgrass Prairie Birds for the Kansas Eco-Meet, design a research project concerning bird behavior, create a bird feeder study project, begin a “life-list” for birds of Kansas, begin a “life-list” for birds of North America, SINC, Threatened, and Endangered Kansas birds, etc.

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