Migration is a wonderful cross-curricular theme for classroom teachers to explore. Calculating distances and mapping where these birds migrate to encompasses math, geography and science lessons. When we begin to look at what the birds need on their long journeys we begin to explore the need to preserve flyways from threats such as habitat destruction, not only at both ends of the migratory journey, but also preserving stopover feeding grounds along the way.
Migration also invites a look at climate change and how the earlier maturation of food sources along the migratory route can lead to a mismatch of timing with birds arriving after the food source has peaked This mismatch effects successful migration and reproduction of the species.
*How do birds navigate their migration routes and what threats could they face along the way?
-habitat conservation and preserving of flyway space
- explore how wind turbines on flyways kill thousands of birds
*How does our urbanization of the american landscape impact bird migration? Learn how birds are location loyal and come back to specific stopover spots along their migration journey. Creating a backyard friendly bird habitat
*Determine the migratory end points of various species and compare the cultures of start and end points of the journey. How do the attitudes about bird conservation in these different locations impact the species we see here? Explore topics such as hunting, rainforest destruction, coffee plantations