Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How long will it take for my order to arrive?

A: Generally you can expect to receive your Birdsleuth materials 2-3 weeks from the time your order is placed. It takes a little longer than most internet shopping sites because BirdSleuth kits orders are processed weekdays only, on site at the Cornell Lab by staff and education program interns.  If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to expedite your order, please contact Stacie at slm355@cornell.edu


Q: We found a bird on the ground, what do we do?

A: If in doubt, leave it alone.  If you think it has fallen from the nest, ask yourself the following questions:

•          Is this a nestling or a fledgling?

•          Do you think the bird is injured?

•          Could the bird be learning to fly?

If it is a nestling, it might be able to use your help.  If it is a fledgling, it is supposed to be out of the nest and should be left alone. We have a blog dedicated to finding baby birds and what to do, but you can also visit these pages on the All About Birds website for answers to a variety of questions and concerns about common interactions and experiences with neighborhood birds: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1098 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/faq/


Q: May I make copies of my BirdSleuth Curriculum?

As a general rule, every BirdSleuth teacher should own their own copy of the curriculum.  With that in mind, you are welcome to make one copy of the Investigator’s Journal and one copy of the Resource Pages for each child that you teach every year you use the curriculum.


Q:What age/grade level is BirdSleuth geared towards?

Each BirdSleuth kit is designed with a specific student audience in mind.

While we’ve written the materials with a specific audience in mind, most educators find the materials easily adaptable to a wider range of youth.


How does BirdSleuth conform to my state education standards?

BirdSleuth materials can reach the needs of science education standards, afterschool standards, homeschool guidelines, and nature center goals.  A lot of the standards from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are achievable through use of our resources.  Because it is driven by inquiry, the content standards you can teach through the modules are quite broad: habitat, adaptations, life cycles, diversity, to name a few.  The citizen science portions are useful in teaching math and technology in an authentic context.


This all sounds great.  How can I best share BirdSleuth with other educators in my community?

Become a BirdSleuth Ambassador and we’ll provide you with the resources you need to reach out to other educators in your community with BirdSleuth.  If you want to host a workshop, we’ll help you prepare for that also.  To sign up, contact Lindsay at lig27@cornell.edu


How do I submit a student project for publication?

Read the Submission Guidelines for BirdSleuth Investigator.


Can you come and present at our conference?

Occasionally we get requests to present at conferences or conduct workshops.  If you are interested in having us come and give a talk or workshop, please use the Contact Us form to get in touch.


 Can I use BirdSleuth if I don’t know anything about birds?

Of course! The great thing about BirdSleuth is that our kits and resources provide all of the background information you need to get started teaching science content. Teaching science content is easy to do through birds because birds are everywhere and because they are animals, they easily capture the attention of students.  Birds provide a great medium to teach science inquiry, research methods, mathematics and statistics, and to connect kids to the outdoors.

Our kits and resources include material that you can easily pick up and implement.  The materials engage your students in real world science projects and include portions where kids will contribute to data that professional scientists use for conservation.  We make sure the resources are easy for you to use and provide top quality, educational activities for the kids you work with.