Education

 

Foraging Skype Meeting

19.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Today we had our second seabird Skype meeting with St. Paul students. This month’s topic is seabird diet and feeding behavior.  The class has been working on their chosen seabird species accounts, and it sounds like Seabird Bingo has been popular!Below are links for the videos we looked at showing some…

Marine Important Bird Areas

12.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Bird Life International (a global conservation organization) has recently launched the E-Atlas of Marine Important Bird Areas. Seabirds present tricky conservation problems because many species spend their life at sea (only returning to land to breed), and some species travel vast distances across international waters. The E-Atlas of Marine Important…

How much food do puffins eat?

12.11.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

HORNED PUFFINS deliver food to their chick at the colony by holding the prey cross-wise in their bill. It’s fairly easy for scientists to catch puffins and find out what they are feeding their chick.Click here for data collected from Duck Island, a small island in Cook Inlet, in 1997, as…

What is a gizzard?

30.10.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Students at St. Paul have been learning about the physiology of birds by dissecting ducks brought in by a 9th grade hunter. A strange organ was found that was muscular and contained stones…. What was it?Answer: A GIZZARD The gizzard is an organ found in the digestive tract of many…

Skype Lesson with St. Paul

24.10.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

Tonia Kushin has been introducing seabirds to her 6th/7th grade class over the last week. These sessions have included learning about what makes a seabird a seabird, and dissecting mallards that one of the students hunted. Ann Harding met with the class via Skype on the 12th October for the…

About the Pribilof Islands

20.10.2012 in Education, Uncategorized

The Pribilof Islands are a remote group of volcanic islands in the Bering Sea, about 200 miles north of Unalaska, and about 500 miles southeast from the Russian coast. There are two large inhabited islands (St. Paul and St. George), and three small outer islands (Otter Island, Walrus Island, and…