Bird Migration & Habitat

For this week’s lesson, we brought in some bird artifacts such as feathers, eggs, skulls, nest, wings, etc from the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge to teach the student at Penn Treaty how to identify different species of birds, how they migrate, their habitat, etc. We started off by seeing what they knew about birds in general; however, a lot of the students didn’t show up for class today and the few that was there wanted to leave early because of the rainy weather. With that being said, we shifted our focus on the main portion of this lesson which was ducks. The key points to identify a duck is from the beak, the webbing on its feet, the colors, feather design, and most importantly, male ducks are known as Drakes while female ducks are Hens. After a demonstration, we had the students draw a duck in a pond in order to enter their work in a contest held by the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for the junior duck stamp design. All of the funds are going toward preserving the wildlife and fish life habitat. What I like about this project is that their making art for a good cause while learning science. One thing I was fascinated by the birds nest and eggs because there are subtle differences you won’t noticed at a first glance. In the end, only one student stayed for the entire class and finished drawing the duck. Basically, I feel like think that the bad weather ruined their motivation to do art because the only thing on their mind was going home and normally they’re more eager & excited about working.

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