Migratory Birds Lesson Plans

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

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During the warm summer months, nearly 100 migratory bird species travel to the breeding grounds of Vermont. But when winter returns, they fly south to escape the cold. For many of these species, populations are declining as sufficient habitat is becoming scarce. The loss in species population not only affects Vermont's ecosystems, but also affects the ecosystems of the tropical wintering grounds as fewer numbers of these birds are migrating south.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park has partnered with Change the World Kids to develop a service learning project for youth. The project focuses on the migratory songbirds that breed in the National Park and winter in Costa Rica, where Change the World Kids travel every year to help with reforestation efforts.

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Songbirds List

eBird (Range Maps Courtesy of

Change the World Kids:

More about birds at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Link to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park on


Lingelbach, Jenepher, and Lisa Purcell, eds. Hands-on Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children. Woodstock, VT: Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 1986. Print.


Biology: Animals, Climate, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Regional Studies, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
migratory birds, habitat, sustainability, forestry, climate change impacts

Last updated: February 7, 2017