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BIRDS, OUR FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS

SUBJECT:SCIENCE

SSS:SC.G.1.2.2GRADES 3-5

DURATION:Approximately 1 hour (each activity)

OBJECTIVES:To aid students in developing an appreciation of nature through the study of birds.  Lessons target basic bird anatomical structure, classification and behavior.

MATERIALS:1.Paper

2.Pencils

3.Bird field guide

METHOD:A.Interactive learning addressing:

(1)Anatomical structure of birds

(2)Bird classification

(3)Bird adaptations

(4)Bird behavior

(5)Bird migration

B.6 Birding activities

BACKGROUND:

Florida's coastal environment provides a wonderful opportunity for students to become more aware of our feathered Coastal Critters, the birds.  The point where land meets sea is called an ecotone (a place where two distinctly different habitats meet; for example, a forest and a field).  In an ecotone, one can find the animals that live in both habitats, as well as the animals that prefer to live in the ecotone itself.  

In addition, the Gulf coast offers other special features:  (1) it is open and provides easy viewing of birds; (2) the action of the waves and wind concentrate the birds' food sources along the shoreline; and (3) the coast is a major flyway (bird highway) because it provides the first safe "landing strip" birds see when they are caught in turbulent weather.  Because of the two totally different habitats, some birds are seeking safe, calm water, some are seeking dry land and others, the treetops.  Fortunately for the birds (and the birders), the gulf coast offers a safe haven for all.

Gulf Islands National Seashore has other assets that make it

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