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Shows for Educators by NGSS for 9-12

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You'll find BirdNote stories for students in the list below, ordered by Next Generation Science Standards topics for grades 9-12.

These are suggestions only. We encourage teachers to determine the appropriateness of each story for their students.


Weather and Climate

  Western Hummingbirds - East: Why is this colorful explosion happening now?
  Superstorm Sandy's Effects on Birds and Habitat: How do birds fare?
  Hurricanes and Birds: Given time, bird populations are resilient!
  Burrowing Snowbirds: Turns out snow is a good insulator
  Ospreys Weather the Storm: How can birds survive such severe weather?
  White Ibis’s Tricky Nesting Schedule: It all depends on the weather!
  Radar Ornithology with Dr. Cliff Mass: Millions of birds are on the move!
  A Northern Gannet Meets Superstorm Sandy: A bird with a transmitter!

Human Sustainability

  Banding Hummingbirds: Delicate work!
  Yogi Berra’s Wit and Wisdom:  “Little things are big”
  Superstorm Sandy's Effects on Birds and Habitat: How do birds fare?
  How Humans Affect Competition Among Birds:  “A potent selective force on birds...”
  If It Weren’t For Birds:  What would the world be like without birds?
  The Ten Commandments of Subirdia:  Tips for a happy coexistence with birds
  Wetland Birds Thrive:  Human action helps improve the world for birds!
  Crows Recognize Individual Faces:  The work of John Marzluff
  Highways as Habitat for Hawks:  Accidental gifts from the age of the automobile
  Migration to the New World: Perhaps birds lead the First Americans to a new land...
  Finding Your Way Home: Birds convey important messages if we are attuned
  Waxwing Nightlight: Do Bohemian Waxwings glow in the dark?
  “You Need a Mister!” A water mister, that is!
  Birds on the Menu:  Order up! No “eating like a bird” at this diner!
  Crows and Chips:  This crow couldn’t eat just one!
  Precious Poop:  Wars were fought over it!
  Hummingbirds by a Hair: A striking image

Engineering and Design

  Spider Silk - Duct Tape for Birds Nests: A flexible, resilient material ...
  Rufous Hummingbirds’ Marvelous Nest: The secret is . . . spider webs!
  Heron Nest - Start with One Stick: Construction begins late winter ...
  Choosing Where to Nest:  Location, location, location!
  Woodpeckers Carve Out Roost Cavities: Excavation time - again!
  Woodpeckers as Keystone Species: How woodpeckers benefit many other birds
  Nest Cavities - Book Early: Competition is fierce!
  Highways as Habitat for Hawks:  Accidental gifts from the age of the automobile
  A Building Manager Shows the Way:  Lights Out protects birds and saves energy
  “You Need a Mister!” A water mister, that is!
  The Bushtit vs. Elastic:  One determined little bird!
  Walking on Eggshells:  Just how fragile are they?

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

  Alex Chadwick in Big Bend: Banding Hummingbirds
  Banding Hummingbirds: Delicate work!
  White Ibis’s Tricky Nesting Schedule: It all depends on the weather!
  Ospreys Weather the Storm: How can birds survive such severe weather?
  The Great Horned Owl Nest: What’s happening in March?
  Great Horned Owls Nest: Why is it these owls nest in winter?
  Migration - Long, Short and In-Between: And who flies the farthest?
  Migration to the New World: Perhaps birds lead the First Americans to a new land...
  Raptor Breeding:  Why do they nest so early?
  Choosing Where to Nest:  Location, location, location!
  Nest Cavities - Book Early: Competition is fierce!
  Woodpeckers as Keystone Species: How woodpeckers benefit many other birds
  Highways as Habitat for Hawks:  Accidental gifts from the age of the automobile
  Alex Chadwick in Big Bend - The Roadrunner
  Where Birds Sleep:  In nests? Not for long!
  Trogons Nest with Wasps:  A nest few predators would dare disturb!
  Consider the Ostrich: Do they really stick their heads in the sand?

Natural Selection and Evolution

  Jacana - Lily-trotter: Those long toes are made for walkin’
  Sandgrouse – Desert Water Carriers: An incredible adaptation ...
  Suburbs, Juncos, and Evolution: Humans put birds under intense natural selection ...
  Northern Hawk Owl: The only living member of its genus
  The Superbly Adapted Osprey: A species unique among raptors
  Woodpeckers and Forest Fires: What's the connection?
  How Evolution Works: Why some thrushes migrate twice the distance as others
  Migration: Innate or Learned? How do these birds know where to go?
  How Young Birds Migrate: Young sandpipers find their way on their own!
  How Shorebirds Find Their Way: One of the wonders of migration!
  Migration - Long, Short and In-Between: And who flies the farthest?
  Wishbones and Dinosaurs: The wishbone dates back more than 150 million years
  If It Weren’t For Birds:  What would the world be like without birds?
  Purple Martins Change Their Habits: A shift in response to human influence
  How Many Eggs to Lay? One flicker laid 71 eggs in 73 days
  Burrowing Snowbirds: Turns out snow is a good insulator
  Do Parrots Name Their Chicks?  A different kind of “name tag”
  Chickadees Clean Up After the Youngsters: A simple solution ...
  Crows and Chips:  This crow couldn’t eat just one!
  How Humans Affect Competition Among Birds:  “A potent selective force on birds...”
  Consider the Ostrich: Do they really stick their heads in the sand?

Structure and Function

  Jacana - Lily-trotter: Those long toes are made for walkin’
  Birds, Nests, and Camouflage: Blending in to the environment ...
  Why a Gorget Glitters:  Like a tiny knight in shining armor!
  Northern Hawk Owl: The only living member of its genus
  How Shorebirds Find Their Way: One of the wonders of migration!
  Nocturnal Migration of Songbirds: Hear the sounds overhead?
  Navigating by Earth's Magnetic Field: How do they know where to go?
  Shorebirds - Masters of Long-Distance Migration: The same routes, year after year
  Long-Distance Migration Takes Fuel and Water: It’s a balancing act
  Long-Distance Champions of Migration: Arctic Terns defend their title!
  Tree Swallows and Feathers:  Is it play? Probably competition!
  Crows Recognize Individual Faces:  The work of John Marzluff
  Singing Like a Bird and Feeling Good:  Belt it out!
  Crows and Chips:  This crow couldn’t eat just one!
  Angry Birds:  What are these birds, and why are they so angry?
  The Secret Stash of Eggshells:  She gets calcium from her legbones
  How Many Eggs to Lay? One flicker laid 71 eggs in 73 days
  California Quail, Up and Running:  “Precocial” chicks are up and away!
  Baby Birds Move Out of the Nest:  But they’re still pretty clueless and clumsy!
  Do Parrots Name Their Chicks?  A different kind of “name tag”
  Chickadees Clean Up After the Youngsters: A simple solution ...
  Where Birds Sleep:  In nests? Not for long!
  Consider the Ostrich: Do they really stick their heads in the sand?

Inheritance and Variation of Traits

  Jacana - Lily-trotter: Those long toes are made for walkin’
  Northern Hawk Owl: The only living member of its genus
  The Superbly Adapted Osprey: A species unique among raptors
  Migration: Innate or Learned? How do these birds know where to go?
  Tree Swallows and Feathers:  Is it play? Probably competition!
  Baby Bald Eagles: It takes an eagle a long time to grow up!
  Woodpeckers and Forest Fires: What's the connection?
  Burrowing Snowbirds: Turns out snow is a good insulator
  Do Parrots Name Their Chicks?  A different kind of “name tag”
  Voices and Vocabularies - Great Horned Owls:  Listen ...
  Singing Like a Bird and Feeling Good:  Belt it out!
  Birds Talk, People Squawk! Sparky, the famous talking budgerigar!    
  Silly Willow Ptarmigan:  Hard not to smile when you hear this bird!    
  Turkey Calling - Real or Unreal:  Can you tell which is which?    
  Saw-whet Owls Hoot and Hoot: They kept the neighbors up all night!
  Birds That Say Their Own Names:  Sometimes they say it over and over!
  Laughing Kookaburra:  It sounds like a jungle out there!
  Wishbones and Dinosaurs: The wishbone dates back more than 150 million years
  Consider the Ostrich: Do they really stick their heads in the sand?

Citizen Science

  Christmas Bird Count for Kids - with Tom Rusert:  Make this a family tradition!
  Christmas Bird Count:  Put on your parka and binoculars and go!
  Backyard Bird Science: You don't have to have a PhD to get involved ...
  Annual Great Backyard Bird Count: Who's out there?
  The COASST Program - Interview with Julia Parrish: Coastal observation ...

Additional K-12th grade stories

  Common Murres - Nature’s Laugh Track: Sounds ring from a sea cliff!
  Big Bird - America’s Favorite Flightless Bird: Everyone knows this bird’s song
  Why the Crow Is Black
  Raven and the Sun, A Myth: How Raven stole the sun and placed it in the sky
  How Raven Made the Tide: Those clever ravens!
  Raven and the Winding River: No surprise - the raven gets his way!
  The Crane Wife: The sad tale of a Japanese crane . . .
  Valentine Lovebirds: A symbol of enduring love...
  Acorn Woodpecker:  The true inspiration for Woody!
  Hummingbird Migration Myths: On the wings of a goose?
  Raven’s Love Song: These gruff birds have a softer side
  The Folklore of Owls
  Myth of the Thunderbird: What kind of bird was it, exactly? ...
  Why Robin Has a Red Breast: According to the Suquamish myth...
  How the Steller's Jay Got Its Crest: Northwest Coastal native story
  The Nightingale: A beautiful song in the green wood
  Pirates and Parrots: Ahoy, Matey! September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day!
  Donald Duck:  The duck in the sailor suit
  Tweety Bird:  Twitiavis superciliosis
  Cygnus the Swan: From Greek mythology

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