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NestWatch Course Module

In this unit, students will go on an in depth journey of five regional birds. In these lessons students will explore the materials & locations of nests for and identify the distinct sounds of each bird.

Objectives for Lesson 1: NEST

  • Students will analyze behaviors of birds (such as nest building) that affect the probability of animal reproduction.
  • Students will graph materials that birds use.
  • Students will research location of nests.
  • Students will create a reproduction of a nest.

Objectives for Lesson 2: SOUND

  • Students will investigate the distinct sounds of five regional birds.
  • Students will observe differences between bird songs and bird calls.
  • Students will create hypothesis about differences.
  • Students will discuss how these attributes affect the probability of successful reproduction.

Objectives for Lesson 3: EYES AND EARS: NESTWATCH

  • Students will identify a nestwatcher’s code of conduct.
  • Students will identify the law, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, regarding songbirds and their nests.
  • Students will find a nest site.
  • Students will observe data at this nest site.
  • Students will report data back to

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Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-LS1-4 Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproductions of animals and plants respectively.