Guiding Question: When do the golden eagles of Denali National Park and Preserve migrate?
Critical Content: When the golden eagles leave Denali and when they return.
Student Objective: Students will ...
Our extensive "Fly Away!" curricula unit is broken into twelve lesson plans, each taking 30 - 90 minutes to complete, and targeted at varying grade levels. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit, though some lessons do refer to one another and are better done in sequence. However, each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources.
The final lesson, "Fly Away! (Being a Biologist)" can be done independently, as a large research project, or as a final assessment after having done some, or all, of the other lessons in the unit.
Check out the other lessons:
Lesson 1: Exploring Migration
Lesson 2: Climate and Seasons
Lesson 3: Climate and Migration Patterns
Lesson 4: Spatial Migration Game
Lesson 5: Migration Cues
Lesson 6: Homing Experiment
Lesson 7: Bird Modeling
Lesson 8: Golden Eagle Life Cycle Diagram
Lesson 9: Which Way Do We Go?
Lesson 10: The Race South
Lesson 11: The Safe Zone
Lesson 12: Being a Biologist
Before You Begin: Discuss terms like hatching, fledgling, subadult, and reproductive adults.
1. Review information on the life of a Denali golden eagle.
2. Make a poster visually depicting the life of a golden eagle. The poster should show all the major events in a golden eagle's life such as hatching, learning to fly, migrating and reproducing.
3. Label the events on the poster.
Use Migration data set - coordinates in text format data files to determine when eagles start their migratory journeys. Students can scan the latitude and longitude columns for when they begin to change rapidly and read the date. Put the dates that each eagle leaves the park and returns to the park up on the board. When do they migrate north? When do they migrate south? Do they migrate at similar times? How many days apart are the first and last to leave?
Coordinates in text format
Maps of Migration