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Journey of the Birds

This Web Seminar took place on November 9, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dawn Grafe, Visitor Services Manager at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and Thomas J. Gaskill, Education Program Coordinator at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. In this program, participants learned how to get students involved in doing research and found out how to use birds as a topic of wide-ranging study.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

Dawn Grafe and Tom Gaskill presented information on shore birds and Brant geese. The presenters told participants how they can aid in monitoring the populations of various bird species. They also shared a number of online resources that include lesson plans and student activities that use birds as both a topic and an instrument in a variety of different curricular areas.

Eighty-seven (87) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. One participant attended the Web Seminar from a location outside the United States: Puerto Rico.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I live in South Texas and it is one of the best migratory birding areas in the world. Very few students realize this so these activities will generate interest.”
  • “I teach along the GA coast and much of my focus is on estuarine habitat. Shorebirds are an integral part of my ecology lessons.”
  • “Lots of great ideas for use with students. Studying birds is a great way to get students involved with conservation.”
  • “Great information that will be useful in working with teachers as they build lessons for students. Loved the resources shared and the content by the field experts.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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