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Curlews in the Classroom

Curlews by Liz Urban
We are bringing the excitement of migration to the classroom using satellite tracking technology and a charismatic bird species, the Long-billed Curlew!

The program:

  • Curlew Chicks by L. UrbanIBO scientists will visit your classroom to talk about Long-billed Curlews with a presentation that is adapted based on grade level.
  • Participating schools will track the migration and movements of Long-billed Curlews on the IBO website here.
  • Every bird we put a transmitter on needs a name! Your class can help by holding a curlew naming contest.
  • IBO will send teachers lesson plan ideas or discussion topics for their class to help incorporate Curlews and bird migration into their existing curriculum.
  • Data access: Depending on grade level, students can graph curlew information such as migration distance, territory size, and migration dates, or plot transmitter locations using google earth.
  • Classes will receive email updates on curlew activities including:an update on where our curlews are now, a short paragraph with interesting facts about curlews, or discussion topics for the class related to curlew biology and conservation.

Learning topics include:

  • Declining curlew populations in Idaho
  • IBO’s satellite transmitter research
  • The Migration journey
  • Curlew habitats
  • Curlew nesting

Teachers, sign up for a Curlews in the Classroom visit on Eventbrite.

Frank and Bethine- Photo by Liz Urban

Building Connections

We want to foster connections between schools on the Curlews’ wintering grounds and their breeding grounds here in Idaho. Whether these birds winter in California, the Gulf Coast, or Mexico, a connection between children in these distant places would help encourage not only conservation of Curlews, but also an increased understanding of social studies, geography, and communication skills for students who participate.

Teachers! Join our curlew email list serve forum to get the latest updates on our project and access our lesson plan library

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