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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.

You can receive one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) from Cornell University by completing one of the following options below and paying $50. To receive a CEU, you must attend the live webinars; archived webinars can not be viewed for credit. All CEU work must be completed and submitted by June 30, 2019 to birdsleuth@cornell.edu. After you purchase the CEU we will provide you the appropriate paperwork to complete based on your choice below.

  1. Attend all 10 webinars and complete their evaluation sheets.
  2. Attend 5 webinars, complete their evaluation sheets, and create an implementation plan.
  3. Attend 1 webinar, complete its evaluation sheet, and create and execute an implementation plan.

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Upcoming Webinars

October: An Introduction to Inquiry: Observations Lead to Questions

November: Designing Bird Study Experiments

December: Integrating Literacy and Science with Birds

January: Dissecting the Food Web: An Owl Pellet Investigation

February: Girls in STEM

March: Map Your Schoolyard with Habitat Network

April: NestWatch Your Birds

May: Technology in the Classroom with Birds

 

Past Webinars

August: NGSS in Action: Meeting NGSS Standards Year-round through Outdoor Learning

September: Building a Birding/Nature Club


An Introduction to Inquiry: Observations Lead to Questions

Observation is the foundation of scientific investigation. Help your students go beyond observing the outdoors to asking authentic science questions. In this webinar, using BirdSleuth’s free Investigating Evidence curriculum, we will look at case studies that exemplify how you can engage students in the scientific process.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn what inquirybased science is and how it can help you meet NGSS and Common Core Standards.
  • Learn about exciting citizen-science projects in ornithology and beyond.
  • Explore case studies to discover how educators support students as they engage in the scientific process through observation and asking questions.

This webinar is free and open to all educators — both formal and informal. 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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Designing Bird Study Experiments

For more than a decade, students have been participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology citizen-science projects. They have been asking and answering their own questions about birds by conducting original experiments and analyzing and interpreting their data. By engaging in citizen science, students transform into scientists and make a valuable contribution to the scientific community – all while meeting the NGSS and Common Core Standards.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Overview the foundations of science experiments.
  • Assess best practices and common mistakes with designing and implementing experiments.
  • Review three common bird study experiments and discuss how to adapt them to your educational setting.

While this webinar is free and open to all educators, both formal and informal, the content is targeted to 4-12 grade educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Integrating Literacy and Science with Birds

In this webinar, learn how to easily meet ELA Common Core Standards through scientific inquiry and literacy. BirdSleuth has created free early education activity guides that bridge the gap between ELA Standards and science literacy. Our bird-themed picture books are a great way to connect students to their local birds and key science concepts because they use the engaging power of stories.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn 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, both formal and informal, 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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Dissecting the Food Web: An Owl Pellet Investigation

Discover the excitement of dissecting owl pellets with the world’s bird experts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Using resources and activities from our owl pellet kit, this webinar expands on the classic owl pellet activity by exploring the complexity of ecosystem interactions and learning how predators such as owls impact food webs. Walk away with new ideas, fun facts about owls, and the opportunity to purchase owl pellet kits, complete with lesson plans, for your students.

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.

While this webinar is free and open to all educators, the content is targeted to 3-7 grade school teachers. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Girls in STEM

Empower young girls in STEM! Through Meet the Scientist videos and engaging activities, we’ll explore simple strategies to improve your STEM education and make it accessible to young women.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about the SciGirls Seven strategies.
  • Discover simple strategies to engage girls in
  • Gain access to valuable resources you can use right away to nurture a generation of girls in STEM.

While this webinar is free and open to all educators, the content is targeted to 4-8 grade educators. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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Map Your Schoolyard with Habitat Network

In this STEM webinar you will learn to put technology in STEM through citizen science. Explore Habitat Network, the Lab’s newest citizen-science project, where you get to create online models of your local habitat. Join us to learn how you can meet STEM needs while getting kids outside.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Discover the importance of citizen science to bird conservation.
  • Learn you can participating in Habitat Network.
  • Come away with new activities to implement modeling and STEM in your educational setting.

While this webinar is free and open to all educators, the content is targeted to 5-12 grade teachers. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

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NestWatch Your Birds

The nesting season has begun, and your students can help! Join us in this webinar to debunk some nesting myths and discover how you and your students can help nesting birds. We will also explore the Cornell Lab’s NestWatch citizen-science project and how your observations of nesting birds can help protect them.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn facts and myths about nesting and birds.
  • Explore the NestWatch citizen-science project and learn how to participate.
  • Discover simple activities to do with youth that support nesting birds.

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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Technology in the Classroom with Birds

Bring technology in the classroom while engaging students in outdoor observation with Cornell Lab’s free apps! Plus, discover how you can help kids become citizen scientists. We’ll take you through the process of using the Merlin Bird ID and eBird apps with students to identify birds and contribute to the Lab’s databases. Participation in citizen-science programs like eBird can kick-start a lifelong passion for birds.

In this webinar, you will:

  • Explore citizen science and how it can help meet STEM learning objectives.
  • Develop basic techniques for teaching bird identification.
  • Explore citizen-science data from an educator’s perspective.
  • Learn how to participate in 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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NGSS in Action: Meeting NGSS Standards Year-round through Outdoor Learning

Engage students in science practices by connecting them with the outdoors. Feeding birds is a fun, engaging way to spark kids’ curiosity while meeting the Next Generation Science Standards. This free webinar complements the Feathered Friends lessons, available as a free download. Thanks to our Pennington sponsorship, everyone who attends this webinar will also receive a free window feeder! You will only need to cover the standard $6 shipping charge. Fill your new feeder with seed, suction it to your classroom’s window, and you’ll attract birds (and students’ interest)!

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 low-cost resources that will help you teach science and math year-round.

This webinar is free and open to all educators, but the content is targeted to educators working with K-5 grade students. You must attend the live webinar and reside in the U.S. to receive a free feeder (this excludes territories). We can only ship to school or organization addresses.  Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

Dates and Times:

    • Tuesday, August 7, 2018 @ 6:00pm ET
    • Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 8:00pm ET
    • Watch the archived webinar on our YouTube channel

Building a Birding/Nature Club

In this webinar, learn essential tips for starting a birding or nature club. With a club, you have ultimate flexibility to tailor learning to the needs and interests of students. Engage in activities such as birding, improving local habitat, and educating the public. Clubs are a great way to get kids interested in science and exploring the outdoors, while giving them the chance to apply the skills and science concepts learned in class to the world around them.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn the top three tips for starting a new club.
  • Discover free activities to support beginner birders around bird ID.

This webinar is free and open to all educators — both formal and informal, but the content is targeted to educators working with 2-6 grade students. Choose the date that works for you and register for this webinar below.

Dates and Times

    • Tuesday, September 4, 2018 @ 6:00pm ET
    • Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 8:00pm ET
    • Watch the archived webinar on our YouTube channel