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Wild Bird Conservation Curriculum Lesson Plans

Wild Bird Conservation Curriculum Lesson Plans

These lessons are aligned with 6th grade science TEKS but can be scaled up or down to fit any grade level. All rights for these lessons are reserved. Lessons may be downloaded, printed and copied for educational use only.

Please contact us via email (tamukbirdsgk12@gmail.com) to get the supplemental resources pages for each lesson or to reserve the loaner supply kit. Priority reservations go to teachers involved in our lesson evaluation program, otherwise, the kit is available on a first come first serve basis.

CKWRI Copyright information:
Author:  Janel Ortiz
Year published: 2015

Basics of Birding

Learn how to identify common South Texas birds through field marks and conduct your own bird count.

Lesson_Plan.pdf
Includes background, materials list, procedure, and activity details

Common_South_Texas_Birds.ppt
Identify common South Texas birds by learning bird topography and field marks (Explore#1)

Student_Worksheet.docx
Students will draw, color, and identify field marks of three birds (Explore #2)

Worksheet_Rubric.doc
Rubric for grading student worksheets

AOU_Bird_Codes.pdf
Four-letter alpha codes used in recording bird species during surveys or when creating lists

Be a Bird Biologist

Learn the technique of mist-netting to capture, handle, and band wild birds.

Lesson_Plan.pdf
Includes background, materials list, procedure, and activity details

Bird_ID_Guide.doc
Bird ID guide to aid in bird identification

Field_Notes.doc
Field notes sheet for student use

Rubric.doc
Rubric for grading student field notes

Citizen Science for South Texas Birds

Create your own bird sighting database and submit it to researchers studying birds as you become a citizen scientist.

Lesson_Plan.pdf
Includes background, materials list, procedure, and activity details

Record_Format_Template.xls
Excel template used for data entry into the South Texas Wintering Birds (STWB) database

eBird_Protocols.pdf
Protocol list approved by eBird that is used for data collection and entry into STWB

Data_Prep___STWB_Navigation.pdf
Procedure for entering data into Excel in preparation for upload to STWB and basic introduction to navigating the website

Early bird catches the WORM??

Age quail wings and identify internal worms commonly found in Bobwhite and Scaled quail.

Lesson_Plan.pdf
Includes background, materials list, procedure, and activity details

Aging_Bobwhite_Quail_Using_Wings.ppt
Learning how to age quail by looking at wing coloration

Notecards.doc
Text to create adult and juvenile identification cards

Internal_Parasites_ID_Guide.pdf
Identify internal parasites (worms) of Texas quail

Bird_Anatomy.pdf
Labeled bird anatomy to identify location of internal parasites

Buildings, Rivers, and Roads

Explore how habitat fragmentation affects a quail's home range by creating your own map.

Lesson_Plan.pdf
Includes background, materials list, procedure, and activity details

Maps.ppt
Maps serve many purposes and come in many types

Ariel_Photos.zip
Photos depicting quail "ranges" with various land cover types and barriers

Student_Worksheet.docx
Students will define a wildlife barrier and corridor while identifying barriers to their quail's movement

Worksheet_Rubric.doc
Rubric for grading student worksheets

DIVA_GIS_Activity_Extension.pdf
Extend the lesson by including hands-on GIS practice in mapping out bird locations

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