Have students choose one or two of the birds on the Glacier Bay Bird Checklist that cannot be found in the park year round. Discover where else the bird can be found and the routes and stopovers it takes in its travels. Next, have them discover all they can about the regulations, if any, that protect the habitats these birds need outside Glacier Bay. Finally, have students create a short presentation in which, using a map of the world, they share their data and speculate on the continued survival of the birds they researched, based on the status of the locations in which they are found.
Have students explore the International Migratory Bird Day (http://www.birdday.org/). What kinds of events are people having to celebrate migratory birds? What information can be found in the IMBD site? Have students meet together, either as a class or in small groups to plan a Migratory Bird Day celebration for their town or region. Research will be required to look into the migratory birds that are found locally and the period of time that they take up residence. Share your ideas in class and, if appropriate, sponsor an International Migratory Bird Day celebration at school and for parents.
Repeat this activity using the following game: Foxes and Kittiwakes http://www.fws.gov/birds/documents/FoxesandKittiwakes.pdf. Challenge students to choose a bird that breeds in Glacier Bay, such as the Glaucous-winged gull, and learn everything they can about the breeding behavior and habitat of the bird and any threats it faces during the breeding season. Use this information to create a similar game to Foxes and Kittiwakes.