Migratory Birds Education Plan

Scarlet Tanager photo credit Jerry Oldenettle
Scarlet Tanager

Photo credit: Jerry Oldenettel

Migratory Bird Education Plan

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.

Guiding Question: How do our local actions affect places across the globe?

Goals of the Project:

Educate youth about stewardship and promote lifelong stewards of the environment

Promote a sense of place among youth as they explore their surroundings

Educate youth about the species of birds that live in Vermont

Encourage youth to explore the outdoors and expand their imaginations while gaining understanding of the surrounding environment

Help protect habitat both locally and globally

Below you will find a PDF with a list of bird species that have been spotted in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and are known to winter in Costa Rica. Along with each species is a range map and a description of the birds' preferred breeding habitat in Vermont. The range maps show data from one 12-month cycle to highlight the most northern and southern locations of a species in a single year.

Migratory Birds Range Maps

One of the main goals of this project is to involve youth in stewardship and conservation. Below you will find a three PDFs with educational activities and curriculum to use in the classroom. These activities are meant to encourage students to become more active stewards of the environment while learning valuable lessons about habitat, bird migration, and sense of place.

Activities for All Ages

Activities for Elementary School

Activities for Middle and High School Students

Useful Resources:

Songbirds List

eBird http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

Range Maps Courtesy of eBird.org

Change the World Kids: http://www.changetheworldkids.org/

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

Link to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park on iNaturalist.org


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.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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