March 6, 2014

Notes from MEES Conference 2014 - the Stories Birds Tell: From Bird Language to Migration











The Stories Birds Tell: From Bird Language to Migration
Alex Dunn, Education/Development, EcoTarium



Birds are an accessible and familiar entryway to the natural world. This session will demonstrate how classroom teachers and educators can unlock the stories birds tell through literacy, technology and field observations. We will explore both schoolyard bird language and international conservation efforts offering curriculum ideas, print and digital resources.


INTRODUCTION

99% Invisible Podcast
Episode 40: Billy Possum
November 23, 2011

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind
by David Quammen

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession Paperback
by Mark Obmascik

Boston Globe: Cambridge man sets bird-watching record
By Bryan Marquard
January 02, 2014

The Crossley ID Guide
by Richard Crossley

The Development of the Classic Wildlife Diorama
by Gary Hoyle
Journal of Natural Science Illustration



Beyond Ecophobia
by David Sobel
from YES Magazine
November 2, 1998


BIRD LANGUAGE

Bird Language
What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World
by Jon Young

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology 


MIGRATION

Ebird

Boreal Songbird Initiative

Migratory Bird Center
Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Audubon Magazine


PHENOLOGY

National Phenology Network

North American Bird Phenology Program - USGS




CITIZEN SCIENCE

Monarch Watch
a nonprofit educational outreach program based at the University of Kansas

Project Budburst
Monitor the first flowering of plants

Project Feederwatch – report bird sightings at feeders throughout the winter and spring

FrogWatch USA
American Zoo Association
Listen for the calls of frogs and toads during their breeding season


Firefly Watch
Museum of Science, Boston


AUDIO

Bird News
with hosts Mindy Todd and Vernon Laux.
The first Saturday of each month from 10am to 11am.

Digital Sound Resources

Inquiry
WICN Radio


CONSERVATION


Silence of the Songbirds
by Bridget Stutchbury


Living Bird News story on bird-friendly coffee habitat http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=2595


Mass Audubon


GENERAL


Environment for the Americas and International Migratory Bird Day


School yard bird watch, citizen science, mini-grants


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