Birds of Prey A web quest for 4th graders Designed by Debbie Popolillo Based on a template from San Diego State University’sThe WebQuest Page
Introduction Did you know that the cutting down of forests in the Northwest almost made the northern spotted owl extinct? Humans have been dusting crops with the chemicals such as DDT to get rid of rodents and insects not knowing that owls are a more powerful tool for catching rodents than any chemical. Thanks to the hard work of scientists who have been studying owls we now have laws in place protecting them from extinction. But what about other birds like the Ivory Billed Woodpecker or the California Condor? Are they extinct or on the edge of becoming extinct if humans don’t change their ways? Become part of an elite team of scientists to discover the issues facing these birds and others. Help us find out what humans can do to change their future. Harry Potter’s Owl!
The Task The Birds of the Wild Organization needs a group of three scientists that will investigate the life of the birds on this page and answer some important questions about them. Your group of scientists will present the information you have found about these birds in a creative way at the National Bird Safety Conference. Each Scientist must choose one bird to investigate. Cuban Red Macaw Ivory- Billed woodpecker California Condor
The Process • Once each scientist has picked a bird, your group is ready to begin the investigation. Each • scientist will find the information they need in the links below that match the bird they choose. • You can use the following questions as a guide during your quest. • Is your bird extinct or heading for extinction? • What caused the bird to become endangered or extinct? • What is the birds habitat like? • Are there any measures being done to save your bird? California Condor: Defenders of Wildlife Pinnacles National Monument National Parks Conservation Association Ivory Billed Woodpecker: Burney's Critter Corner Rediscovering the Ivory Billed Woodpecker Big Woods Cuban Red Macaw: Macaw Parrots JcMacaw homepage Macaw Remember: Keep your information organized! You may want to make a graphic organizer or summary table in your science journals to help!
Evaluation Your group will be evaluated on the following criteria during the National Bird Conference.
Conclusion Thank you for putting some hard effort into such an important topic. The Birds of the Wild Organization will gather all your information and start taking the proper steps to help save the birds. What are some steps you could do to make a change? Check out these web sites ! San Diego Zoo The Peregrine Fund Harry Potter’s Owl What kind of bird is this?
Credits & References The following list are websites, books, or pictures that helped create this web quest. Thank You, Web Sites: The WebQuest Page The San Diego Zoo Defenders of the Wild Pinnacles National Monument National Parks Conservation Association Burney's Critter Corner Rediscovering the Ivory Billed Woodpecker Big Woods Macaw Parrots JcMacaw homepage Macaw Owl sounds Classroom Clip Art Pictures: Macaw bird page 3 flying condor Jon Concalosi/Area London Bald Eagle Photos The Nature Conservancy Books: The Book of North American Owls by Helen Roney