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Songbirds at the Crossroads of Migration 

       
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Songbirds at the Crossroads of Migration
is a comprehensive curriculum guide that provides educators with information, hands-on lessons, and opportunities to involve students in learning about the importance of New Jersey’s habitats and ecosystems as they relate to the needs of migratory songbirds.

The study of nocturnal songbird migration using radar data, coupled with a Geographic Information System (GIS), and used to identify critical stopover habitats for these birds, is cutting-edge science.  Using these technologies, researchers are able to scientifically support conservation decisions.  Using the lessons and activities in Songbirds at the Crossroads of Migration gives teachers and students an opportunity to learn about the importance of New Jersey’s habitats and ecosystems to migrating songbirds, as well as gives them opportunities to discuss relevant environmental issues, individual behaviors, and possible careers.  It provides a means for students to strengthen their language, reading, mathematical and social studies skills.  Comments and suggestions from classroom teachers, non-formal educators, and professionals in the field of songbird migration, ecology, and conservation helped structure the learning experiences in the guide so that they follow the accepted environmental education model that takes the learner from awareness to action.  All lessons are correlated to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards set forth by the New Jersey Department of Education.

  For more information about bird migration in New Jersey click here.

 INTRODUCTION / HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

 

 SECTION ONE – PUTTING SONGBIRD MIGRATION IN PERSPECTIVE (118KB) 

 New Jersey’s Natural Communities

 A Migration Primer

 What is a Songbird?

 Songbird Significance

 

  SECTION TWO - LESSONS

Chapter I  - THE NEIGHBORHOOD (146KB)

Songbirds, So What?

Look at Neighborhood Habitats: Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Quality is Key: Conduct a Bird Bio-Index Survey

Chapter II – MIGRATION PRIMER

Lessons 1, 2 & 3 (337KB)

Seasonal Survey:  Compare and Contrast Habitat Use

Why migrate?:  Assess Resource Availability

Navigating the Sky:  Plot a Course

Lesson 4 (124KB)

Seasonality in Migration:  Learn to Predict Migration Events.

Weather Maps Set 1 (735KB)
Weather Maps Set 2 (593KB)
Weather Maps Set 3 (717KB)
Weather Maps Set 4 (589KB)
Weather Maps Set 5 (1115KB)

Lesson 5 (526KB)

Birds Migrate 24 - 7:  Interpret Research Data

Lesson 5 Radar Images (519KB)
Lesson 5 Weather Maps (665KB)

Chapter III – OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES (472KB)

Preparing for the Journey:  Participate in simulated scientific research

Ecological Barriers:  Determine a species’ migratory strategy

Obstacles: Identify issues and clarify values

Chapter IV – HABITAT IS KEY (748KB)

The Choice Is Yours:  Planning the future through land use decisions

Rest Areas Along the Route: Identify key migration stopovers sites

A Songbird Habitat Project:  Getting Involved

 

SECTION THREE – APPENDICES (144KB)

A - New Jersey’s Songbirds

B - Field Trip Opportunities

C - Take Action

D - Songbird Conservation Organizations

 

SECTION FOUR - REFERENCES (98KB)


New Jersey Audubon is a statewide, not-for-profit, membership organization committed to preserving New Jersey's habitats and species biodiversity.  We invite your support through
membership and participation in our programs.

For additional information, call, write or email
 
NJAS Department of Education
 Center for Research and Education
 600 Route 47 North
 Cape May Court House, NJ  08210
  (609) 861-1608