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  1. Educators… • These teaching slides were created by the BirdSleuth K-12 team. We welcome you to share these slides with your students! You may edit this file, but please do not distribute this file (neither original or edited versions). • Other resources pertaining to this content can be found at: www.birdsleuth.org/webinar-series/ecosystem. • Need help or have questions? Please contact BirdSleuth at birdsleuth@cornell.edu or consult the BirdSleuth website at www.birdsleuth.org. Join BirdSleuth on our social networks at: • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BirdSleuth/40097433976 • Twitter: https://twitter.com/BirdSleuth • Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/birdsleuth/boards/ • Version 2.0 July 17, 2014

  2. What makes a bird a bird? Hollow bones Eggs Beaks Feathers Wings Walking on two legs Black-capped Chickadee

  3. What is a bird? Any living organism that has FEATHERS is a bird! Bill Wing Egg Leg

  4. Rock Pigeon House Sparrow Canada Geese European Starling Mallard American Robin House Finch

  5. An ecosystem is a community of living organisms and the nonliving environment with which they interact The Earth can be considered one ecosystem

  6. If the whole Earth is an ecosystem…. … then why do particular species live in particular places?

  7. Adaptations • Help an organism survive and/or reproduce in its environment • Produced by natural selection • Can be physiological, structural, or behavioral

  8. Features are shaped by natural selection Feathers Wings Eggs and Nests Legs Bills

  9. What is a habitat? • A habitat is the place where an organism lives • It is made up of four components Cover Space Food Water

  10. Habitat is…

  11. Is this a habitat?

  12. A habitat is the place in which an organism lives Scoot over, you are squishing me! It does have food, water, cover, and space… Looks like home to me! Sure is! Yup!