Natural History Unit 5: Winter Birds in Kansas

Unit 5: Winter Birds in Kansas (Question-based Objectives)

Keywords– Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, American Kestrel, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, American Goldfinch, European Starling, House Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow

Objectives

1. What do you need to know to use binoculars correctly?

2. What are some birds that can commonly be found in Kansas in the winter, and what are some interesting facts about them?

3. How are Kansas Winter Birds we’ll study related to each other?

4. What are some common bird calls in Kansas?

5. What are some interesting facts about bird migration and birds of prey?

6. What are the parts of a bird that everyone can see?

Activities/Labs

1. Complete “How to Use Your Binoculars” reading and “How to Use Your Binoculars” worksheet.

2. Complete “Winter Birds Fact Find Questions”, using Winter Birds in Kansas Information PPT

3. Identify all species from the“Winter Birds in Kansas Practice PPT”(using Information PPT and field guides).

4. Create field-guide style drawings of at least 50% of the birds above.

5. Create a Winter Birds in Kansas Classification Concept Map using “A Checklist to Kansas Birds”.

6. Watch “Winged Migration” and write down 15 facts, 5 questions, and a ½ to 1 page reflection on the video.

7. Complete Bird Studies (LUTS 203 parts A-D).

8. Memorize “Bird External Topography” and 10 bird calls

9. Watch “Birds of Prey” and complete “Birds of Prey” worksheet.

Extensions-

1. Maintain a bird feeder and keep notes and/or pictures for at least 2 weeks.

2. Participate in an official Winter Bird Count and write about your experience.

Further Research: winter survival mechanisms of birds, woodpecker physiology (for feeding), economic impact of birdwatching, migratory habits of Kansas birds in winter, economic impact of bird hunting in Kansas, diet changes of Kansas birds in winter, winter molting, Max C. Thompson, Charles Ely, Richard Prum, Kenn Kauffman, Mark Robbins, John J. Audubon, SINC, Threatened, and Endangered Kansas birds, etc.

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