This is a three-lesson unit that is part of a nationwide effort to monitor bird nesting and reproductive success. This unit provides students with enough background to participate in citizen science and is connected with Cornell University Ornithology Lab. Students explore how characteristic bird behaviors affect the probability of successful reproduction as they investigate the phenomenon of different patterns in the nests and songs of 5 migratory birds. Lesson 1 explores material and locations of nests, Lesson 2 the communication of the 5 migratory birds from Lesson 1, and the last lesson connects both nests and bird communication to analyze how the phenomenon leads to successful reproduction and to build upon their participating in the citizen science project of NestWatch.
The Nest Monitor Manual is a link provided as instructional support. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/bbimages/nestwatch/pdf_copy/NestWatchManual.pdf