Welcome to the Pribilof Island Seabird Youth Network

Ann Harding and Tonia Kushin are teaching a course on Seabirds to the 6th and 7th grade class on St. Paul Island. Monthly lesson outlines are available for anyone to download, and any questions are welcome.

Lesson 1

Seabird Classification, Distribution, and Characteristics:

What makes a seabird a seabird?

Where do they live?

What are the main groups of seabirds?

What seabird species breed on the Pribilof Islands?

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Lesson 2

Diet and Feeding Methods:

Seabirds have adapted to eat food from the sea, and much of their physiology and behavior has been shaped by their diet. What do seabirds eat?

How do seabirds catch their food?

How do seabirds feed their chick?

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Lesson 3


Why do most seabirds breed in colonies? Where do seabirds lay their eggs? How many chicks do seabirds have? Are chicks independent from their parent when they leave their colony?

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Lesson 4

Conservation Issues:

How do humans affect seabirds?  What dangers do seabirds face? What can we do to help?  Are certain species more at risk than others?

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Lesson 5

Seabirds and People:

What are some traditional stories about seabirds?  Do people eat seabirds for dinner?  Who? What are seabirds good for?

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Lesson 6

Research Tools and Methods:

How do researchers study seabirds?

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Lesson 7

Seabirds as Indicators of the Marine Environment:

What can seabirds tell us about the ocean? 

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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 Bird Areas is the first global inventory of important sites for the conservation of migratory marine species. Identification of the most important areas for seabirds is vital for selecting which marine and coastal areas need protecting, and the location of offshore oil and gas drilling and wind-farms. Check out the E-Atlas.  Look how important Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and the Bering Sea are for seabirds.