Natural History Unit 9: Water Birds in Kansas

Unit 9: Water Birds in Kansas (Question-based Objectives)

Keywords– American Coot, Canada Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Bufflehead, Gadwall, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Ringneck Duck, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Common Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Franklin’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, American White Pelican, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant


1. What are some birds that can commonly be found near water in Kansas, and what are some interesting facts about them?

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


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

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

3. Create field-guide style drawings of all of the birds from the list above.

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


1. Create a field guide to waterfowl species not identified above using a checklist to Kansas birds.

2. Research migratory waterfowl: which one migrate, where they go, why they migrate, etc.

Further Research: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, economic impact of duck hunting in Kansas, origin of name “Canvasback”, contrast divers versus dabblers, research survival mechanisms for waterfowl in near-freezing temperatures, study varied diet of waterfowl, bill anatomy, breeding patterns of waterfowl, migratory habits of Kansas waterfowl, SINC, Threatened, and Endangered Water Birds in Kansas, etc.



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