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Database Provider

Author

National Audubon Society

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Artwork
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

Guide to Birds in New England

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Synopsis
  • This interactive and artistic collection of birds found in New England provides an illustration of each bird, a bird song recording, and the common and scientific names of the birds.
  • Clicking on the image will take you to the detailed page about each bird, with biological information, photographs, conservation status, climate vulnerability, a map of their habitat range, and additional song recordings.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The artwork could be used as inspiration for students learning how to draw or paint animals.
  • The songs and information provided can be used by a wide range of students for a variety of purposes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need access to a device, speakers, and the Internet to browse the site and listen to the songs.
  • Students should know the difference between the common name and the scientific name in Latin.

Differentiation

  • Have younger students go outside to look and listen for birds in their area and then use the Audubon site to identify the birds they saw and heard.
  • Science classes could use the habitat, behavior, and food requirements provided to assess how a particular bird may be affected by extreme temperatures or false spring conditions caused by climate change.
  • Art students could use the illustrations as models for an art project and then incorporate an abstract element into the background that represents the risks to that species.
  • Environmental clubs or performing arts classes could use this site as a reference for posters, performances, or music that represents the risks to native birds in the Northeast.
  • Have younger students select a bird to build a habitat diorama that includes the bird's nest, eggs, and food.
Scientist Notes
This resource provided by the National Audubon Society gives a listing of birds of North America. A search bar allows for individual look up of certain birds, while a drop-down provides an option to search by bird types as well as taxonomic family. The results provide a card with the bird name, the genus and species, a picture of the bird, and some cards contains examples of the noises that the bird makes. Each card can be clicked on and additional information is displayed. This resource from the Audubon Society is well sourced and researched and would be a great addition to a classroom discussion about bird conservation.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
    • LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
      • HS-LS3-3 Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population.
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