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All about Birds ele/ms
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Life Cycles ele/ms
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Feather Facts ms/hs
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Systems & Controls ms/hs
Science Journal Entry ms/hs
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Ecology Vocabulary ms/hs
eBird - data collection
Other Nestbox residents:
GIS & Mapping
GeoWeb - Map your town
Journey North Maps - migration and seasonal change
Mapping species - powerful tools for science
Scientists use maps to show data. Showing data in a map provides a picture or shows trending that is hard to discern in tables of data.
For the last ten years, ornithologists have teamed up with birding enthusiasts to count the birds of North America. Citizen scientists select an area. They count all the birds they see for several set days. They report this data to The Great Backyard Bird Count.
Consider the 2008 data they have for a species of bluebirds found in your region.
1. Create a Map to see the data. (Follow the directions on the web page.)
2. Which data menu should you change to gauge how bluebirds are doing in your region?
Observe this data for 4 different cycles.
3. Check out NestWatch. (NestWatch is a citizen-science project)
Use a table or matrix to contrast the data collected in the NestWatch project with the data collected in the Backyard Bird Count.
Which project is more detailed?
4. The 3 species of Bluebirds are focal species for the NestWatch.
What does this map tell you about a bird species?
Based on this information are you likely or unlikely to see each of the bluebird species near your home?
Eastern Bluebird -
Western Bluebird -
Mountain Bluebird -
5. Use an online map resource to locate a map of your community or a region (approximately 2 miles) around your school or your home. Print the map. (You may be able to complete this question without printing the map. If you can excellent! Accomplish it using your technology know how instead.)
Based on what you know about bluebirds and your community:
Extend your thinking:
"You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world,
2002 Cindy O'Hora, Updated 5/2008, Posted May 2002 Contact:
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