Module 11 was designed in collaboration with Dr. Heather Watts from Washington State University and was made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation (IOS:1456954/1756976). Part I has a special focus on studying migratory behavior of Pine Siskins Spinus pinus. Students will explore topics such as why some birds migrate while others do not; the differences between obligate (predictable) versus facultative (flexible) migrants; and the physical and environmental cascading factors or cues that impact migration, including food availability, temperature, photoperiod, temporal cues, and hormone levels. Students will also have the opportunity to observe migratory birds in a laboratory setting using ethograms. By the end of this Module, students will better understand bird migration and the environmental cues that drive migratory behavior.

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Curriculum Support Materials

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Binder Cover - Module 11

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Key Terms - Module 11

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Lesson Adaptations & Extensions - Module 11

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Outline - Module 11

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Scientific Research Questions - Module 11

Reference Materials

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2018 Student Hummingbird Poster

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Allen's Hummingbird

Alphabetical Bird Checklist - CA

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Bird Coloring Pages & Facts

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Bird Resources for Educators

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Birds - Masters of Flight

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Cookie Cutter Bird Seed Feeders

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Feeder Watch Tally Sheet

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Hummingbird Fun Fact Cards

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Hummingbird Poster 2016

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Hummingbird Resource for Teachers

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Hummingbirds Informational Pamphlet

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Urban LA Birds - Part 1

Additional Presentations

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Urban Birds - January 2019

Lesson 5: Observing Seasonal Expression of Migratory Behavior in Pine Siskins

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Flight Behavior Example

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FWB Behavior Example

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Handout - Ethogram for Pine Siskins

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Handout - Role Cards - M11_5_A2

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Handout - Role Cards - M11_5_A3

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Jumping Behavior with Climbing

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Lesson Plan - M11_5

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Night Paired Activity Example

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PowerPoint - Ethograms

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PowerPoint - Migratory Restlessness

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PowerPoint - Pine Siskin