For years, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has been handing out bird feeders to teachers at NSTA area and national conferences (to date, we’ve given away over 15,000 bird feeders to NSTA attendees!). Teachers are thrilled to get their feeder, but we realize that this will be many teachers’ first time hanging, filling, and maintaining a bird feeder. We want to set teachers up for success by ensuring they understand not only bird-feeding basics but also how to use the feeder to spark student interest and enhance science learning.
We are excited to offer a workshop that provides advice and resources to teachers, not to mention that they will walk away with a free feeder, free lessons, and birdseed coupons! We’ll share tips and tricks we’ve gathered from educators who have used window bird feeders as a springboard for authentic science learning through careful observation, connections to literature, participation in citizen science, and inquiry investigations. After this workshop, teachers will be ready to fill their new feeder with seed, suction it to their classroom’s window and attract birds (and students’ interest) on Monday morning!
Participants will learn where and when to hang feeders to encourage student curiosity and learning through feeder birds and discover free Cornell Lab resources help identify birds and participate in our citizen-science projects.
Kelly Schaeffer (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Ithaca, NY)