All About Birds
The snowy owl (Nyctea scandiaca) can be seen in Connecticut during harsh winters.
Sharp-shinned Hawk in a backyard
Common grackles flocked up during migration

Grade Level: K-12
Next Generation Science Standards:

LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

  • 3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
  • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

  • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

Description: The Yale Peabody Museum’s extensive collection of birds provides a focal point for learning about these animals that are part of our everyday lives.  Highlighting common species such as robins, cardinals and blue jays can provide opportunities to discuss concepts such as physical and behavioral adaptation, migration, biodiversity and endangered species.   


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