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Free Webinars For Educators

BirdSleuth offers a variety of free webinars each month open to all educators. All our fun and interactive webinars provide background content, highlight new and relevant educational resources, and allow discussion for successful implementation of such information and activities. Each webinar is roughly 50 minutes with 10 minutes allocated for questions. You can access all archived webinars through our YouTube channel.

August: Dissecting the Food Web: An Owl Pellet Investigation

September: Starting a School Garden for Birds

October: An Introduction to Inquiry: Observations Leading to Questions

November: Observing Our Environment with Feathered Friends

December: Integrating Literacy and Science with Birds

January: Evolution of Flight: Exploring Online Classroom Interactive Tools

February: Independent Students Investigations, Data Analysis, and Interpretation

March: STEM Activities for the Outdoors

April: Engineering Design Activities for Birds

May: Bird ID and Citizen Science for Beginners


 

Dissecting the Food Web: An Owl Pellet Investigation

Discover the excitement of dissecting owl pellets with the world’s bird experts. With resources and activities drawn from our owl pellet kit, this webinar will share how you can enrich this classic activity by exploring the complexity of ecosystem interactions and learning how top predators such as owls impact food webs. Even if you don’t intend to purchase the kit, you’ll still walk away with new ideas and some fun facts about owls!

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Become familiar with the Dissecting the Food Web kit.
  • Differentiate a food chain vs. a food web.
  • Understand why owls are an important species in ecosystems.
  • Learn how activities inspired by owl pellet dissections can meet NGSS and CCSS Standards.

This webinar is free and open to all educators, but the content is targeted to elementary and middle school teachers. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 6:00pm ET
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 8:00pm ET
  • Watch the archived webinar on our YouTube channel.

Starting a School Garden for Birds

Start the school year with a mission to get your students outside. What better way than with a garden! School gardens provide the context for lessons across subjects and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning. Students who engage in school gardening are likely to experience academic, physical, emotional, social, and even behavioral benefits. School gardens not only benefit students, but they can also benefit birds!

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn the key steps to setting up and maintaining successful school gardens.
  • Discover how simple changes and additions can make a garden more bird friendly.
  • Address several challenges school gardeners may face.
  • Learn about the BirdSleuth Garden Grant application process.

This webinar is free and open to all educators. The content is targeted to all K-12 educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

Dates and Times

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 6:00pm ET
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 8:00pm ET
  • Watch the archived webinar on our YouTube channel

An Introduction to Inquiry: Observations Leading to Questions: 

Encourage your students to go beyond simply observing the outdoors to asking authentic science questions. Using BirdSleuth’s Investigating Evidence, we will use case studies that exemplify how you can engage students in the scientific process.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn what inquiry is and how it can help you meet NGSS and Common Core Standards.
  • Discover new citizen-science projects in ornithology and beyond.
  • Review case studies to discover how educators foster the scientific process through observing and asking questions.

This webinar is free and open to all educators. The content is targeted to all K-12 educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Observing Our Environment with Feathered Friends

Feeding birds can spark kids’ curiosity, interest in the outdoors, and engagement with science!

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of feeding birds.
  • How you can participate in citizen science.
  • Exciting ways to encourage student curiosity and learning.
  • How to access free and inexpensive resources that will help you teach science and math.

This webinar complements the Feathered Friends resource, available as a free download. Thanks to our Pennington sponsorship, everyone who attends this webinar will also receive a free window feeder! Fill your new feeder with seed and suction it to your classroom’s window and you’ll attract birds (and students’ interest)! Webinar capacity is limited to 100 attendees. You must attend and live in the U.S. to receive a free feeder. We can only ship to school or organization addresses.  Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Integrating Literacy and Science with Birds

The Common Core ELA Standards ask students to read resources that develop their content knowledge and critical-thinking skills. BirdSleuth has created free activity guides that bridge the gap between ELA Standards and science literacy. Common elementary trade books can be an easy way to connect students to their local birds and key science concepts because they utilize the engaging power of stories.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Review how our free book guides meet Common Core ELA and Math standards, National Core Art Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Learn how simple it is to ignite excitement for science and nature.

This webinar is free and open to all educators, but the content is targeted to Pre-K-3rd grade educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Evolution of Flight: Exploring Online Classroom Interactive Tools

Jump, Glide, Fly… How did flight evolve in birds? Modern birds descended from dinosaurs, but at which stage did they transition to the birds we know today? What makes a birds a bird? Journey with us to the past as we discuss the evolution of feathers and flight using Bird Academy’s online interactives and our free activities Exploring Bird Evolution.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn the features of birds.
  • Uncover some of the mysteries around the evolution of feathers and flight.
  • Discover hands-on activities to explore the evolution of birds.

This webinar is free and open to all educators. The content is targeted to middle school educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Independent Student Investigations, Data Analysis, and Interpretation

Students engaged in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s citizen-science projects have been asking and answering their own questions about birds for more than a decade, conducting original experiments and analyzing and interpreting their original data. By engaging in citizen science, students become scientists and meet NGSS Standards. During this webinar, we’ll continue our discussion of inquiry and explore how students can analyze and contribute to rich, global databases.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Practice reading graphs and charts created with citizen-science data
  • Analyze the effectiveness of data communication through graphs.
  • Discover how to query citizen-science databases like eBird.

This webinar is free and open to all educators. The content is targeted to 4-12 educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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STEM Activities for the Outdoors

Many of us need to engage students in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). However, STEM isn’t just about robotics and coding; kids benefit from time outside exploring the natural world. Join us to learn how birds can engage students in STEM fields while giving them an appreciation for the natural world.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Discuss the importance of outdoor learning.
  • Understand how birds and citizen science can help meet STEM learning.
  • Explore three STEM activities that can be implemented immediately in the classroom.

This webinar is free and open to all educators. The content is targeted to K-12 educators. This webinar will specifically focus on Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Join us in April for Engineering! Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Engineering Design Activities for Birds

Nature is full of marvelous and powerful engineers, including birds. Whether it’s weaving an ornate pendulum nest or constructing a maze of mud cavities, birds alter their habitat to survive and reproduce. By becoming engineers themselves, students can also design better habitats for birds. Join us to explore three engineering challenges for students to design structures that provide for three habitat components: food, water, and cover.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Discover how birds are nature’s engineers.
  • Learn the importance of food, water, and cover for a bird’s survival.
  • Explore three engineering design challenges for students to improve their local habitat for birds.

This webinar is free and open to all educators. The content is targeted to K-12 educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Bird ID and Citizen Science for Beginners

With Global Big Day around the corner, discover how you can help kids become citizen scientists! Identifying birds and contributing observations to databases like eBird can kick start a lifelong passion for birds. Discover our newest resource around bird ID and learn how to participate in the world’s largest day of birding, Global Big Day.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Understand the concept of citizen science and how it can help meet STEM learning goals.
  • Develop basic techniques for teaching bird identification.
  • Explore citizen-science data through an educator’s perspective.
  • Learn how to participate in Global Big Day and the eBird project.

This webinar is free and open to all educators. The content is targeted to K-12 educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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