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Free Webinars

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 45 minutes with 15 minutes allocated for questions.

September: Blending Science and Language Arts

October: From Observations to Questions: An Introduction to Inquiry

November: Dissecting the Food Web: An Owl Pellet Investigation

December: Exploring Evolution

January: Great Backyard Bird Count

February: Supporting Student Investigations

March: Gardening for Birds

April: Bird Communication

May: Observing Bird Movements

 


Blending Science and Language Arts

The Common Core ELA standards ask students to read content that develops their understandings and critical-thinking skills. BirdSleuth’s Books and Activities help Elementary-aged students meet ELA standards through cross-curricular learning.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Review pertinent parts of the Common Core ELA standards.
  • Discuss how to meet ELA standards through cross-curricular and outdoor learning.
  • Discover science-friendly trade books and related BirdSleuth extension activities.

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

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From Observations to Questions: An Introduction to Inquiry

Encourage your students to go beyond observing the outdoors, to being engaged and 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 the 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 K-12 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

BirdSleuth just released its newest kit Dissecting the Food Web: An Owl Pellet Investigation. Take students through the complexity of ecosystem food webs, and better understand how top predators such as owls impact food webs.

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 to study when understanding ecosystem interactions.
  • Learn how 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.

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Exploring Evolution

From Darwin’s finches to the Birds-of-Paradise, birds have been a common figure to study diversity and adaptation. Utilizing online interactives from the Bird Academy’s website and BirdSleuth’s Evolution in Paradise lessons, we will explore natural and sexual selection and how it’s contributed to the diversity of birds through behavioral and anatomical adaptations.

In this webinar, educators will:
  • Tour Bird Academy’s online interactives related to diversity, evolution, and anatomy.
  • Discuss implementation and extension opportunities in the classroom.
  • Learn the difference between natural and sexual selection and how it influences birds’ appearance and behavior.
  • Review BirdSleuth’s Evolution in Paradise lessons.

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

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Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is the perfect starting point for any educator who is interested in getting young learners excited about citizen science and birds!We will give you ideas and introduce you to resources that will encourage students and communities to participate.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
  • Develop basic bird identification skills.
  • Discover ways to encourage student curiosity and learning.
  • Access free and inexpensive resources that will help you teach science and math.

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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Supporting Student Investigations

Scientists are curious. Designing experiments and interpreting complex data is the foundation all scientists have. Fortunately these are skills your students can develop! Students can even share their findings in our student publication magazine BirdSleuth Investigator just like a real scientists would.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn the factors of a fair experiment.
  • Discover common mistakes with data interpretation and visualization.
  • Explore opportunities for students to share their projects with their classmates, communities, and the educational community.

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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Gardening for Birds

Spring is in the air and kids are anxious to get outdoors. 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 successful gardens.
  • Understand how simple changes and additions make a garden bird friendly.
  • Problem solve several challenges school gardeners may face.

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 Communication

After a quiet winter, your school yard is probably buzzing with bird songs and calls, a sure sign that spring here. But what are the birds saying? Become more familiar with the sounds you hear outside everyday.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Understand how birds communicate.
  • Distinguish songs versus calls, and the purpose of bird communication.
  • Discover new activities to develop observational skills and learn bird sounds.

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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Observing Bird Movements

Birds are on the move, but what can we learn from those movements? Migration provides a rich opportunity to participate in citizen science, see new birds, and engage with STEM. Using citizen-science data, students can monitor bird movements and predict bird occurrences.

In this webinar, educators will:

  • Define migration and understand the purpose of these seasonal movements.
  • Understand the concept of citizen science and the program eBird.
  • Explore citizen-science data through an educators perspective.
  • Learn how to participate in Global Big Day.

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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