For the Birds

Our longest running and ever popular birds program is a conservation-minded complement to classroom research and study for grades two through seven and is linked to BC Science learning outcomes.

To begin, a local area naturalist orients the students to the Boundary Bay Watershed and engages students in a powerpoint presentation with numerous high-quality photographs taken by our team of dedicated volunteers and donated to our programs by professional wildlife photographers.

The presenter introduces the students to a variety of bird names, calls and adaptations as he/she leads them through the slide show. Following the hour long show, some hands on artifacts are shared with the class including feathers, bones and bird specimens.

The resource kit is packed with all that is needed for the teacher to continue engaging the class in bird studies including: field guides, CD of bird calls, colour overhead transparencies, lesson ideas and a variety of books and posters.

The follow up field experience is to a local birding area where the naturalist(s), armed with spotting scopes and a class set of binoculars, leads the class through a forested area and out into a wetland for some bird watching (and listening!). Children of all ages are engaged in this activity, bringing them closer to nature and helping to develop an understanding of the importance of Boundary Bay as an Important Bird Area!

This trip is usually booked three weeks after the presentation to allow adequate classroom time with the resource kit.

For more information about booking a program or volunteering with our program leaders, please email: edoutreach@birdsonthebay.ca


Learning Links and Resources:

See this website to explore adaptations – there are some excellent scrollable images of different bird beaks and feet as well as colour worksheets you can print. http://www.vtaide.com/png/bird-adaptations3.htm

and this one for the sounds of BC birds from the Royal BC museum from the works of Grace Bell.

The Cornell Lab has some excellent educational materials to help you and your students become expert birders.



 

 

Lynn Pollard leads a classroom session.