Wings at Your Window! Engaging Students through Winter Bird Feeding

Liven up the winter by attracting birds to your classroom window for close-up observation. Use student observations to integrate language arts, math, art, and science, and learn how students can collect data for the NH Winter Bird Survey and Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants will gain an overview of winter bird biology, identification, and feeding. Through centers, participants will gain ideas for literacy, writing, math and bird feeding investigations. Earn 2 professional development credits. Participants will receive a window feeder and sunflower seed. Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Blue Seal are sponsors of this workshop.

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to—

¨ Describe basic winter bird biology

¨ Identify common winter birds

¨ Use bird observation tools: journal, field guide, binocular

¨ Set-up a bird feeding station

¨ Access bird-focused activities

¨ Discuss ties to Common Core Standards

Who: Educators of grades K-4

Where: McLane Audubon Center, Concord; Massabesic Audubon Center, Auburn

When: Oct. 2 (McLane Center) or Oct. 9(Massasbesic Center); 4:30 to 6:30pm

Cost: *$40 non-members; $35 members

*In celebration of our centennial year, educators can join NHA for free through the end of the year

Agenda

4:30-5:15 – Overview and Presentation

5:15-6:20—Activity Centers and Review of Bird Feeding Station Plans

6:20-6:30—Group Discussion and Evaluations

*Light snacks will be provided.

What to Bring (Optional):

¨ Sketch of the area where you plan to set-up bird feeder(s)

¨ Thumb drive for free copy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “Feathered Friends” curriculum

Register On-line: http://www.nhaudubon.org/nature-store/teacher-workshops

Questions: Contact Hilary Chapman, hchapman@nhaudubon.org

Learn More at http://www.nhaudubon.org/ai1ec_event/wings-at-your-window-extending-curricula-with-bird-observations?instance_id=85

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