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Classroom FeederWatch (Image 1)

June 22, 2010
Classroom FeederWatch (Image 1) "Purple Finch in Pines," by Sang-Hoon, a ninth-grade student participant in the Classroom Feederwatch Program, St. Anne's-Belford School, Charlottesville, Va. (Date of Image: Spring 2003) [One of two related images. See Next Image.] More about Classroom Feederwatch Classroom FeederWatch was a research and interdisciplinary education curriculum designed for students in grades 5-8. The information collected from the project will be used by ornithologists to track changes in the abundance and distribution of bird species that use feeders. By counting birds in the Project FeederWatch and Classroom FeederWatch programs, students and teachers helped scientists to understand the movement patterns and population fluctuations of many common birds and helped ensure their survival. The project also gave teachers a chance to integrate science with language arts, visual arts, social studies, math and technology. Students produced a newsletter describing their findings and their feelings about the project. They discussed questions with students in classrooms all over the country by communicating electronically. Classroom FeederWatch highlighted many of the important features of next-generation environmental science education: interdisciplinary approach, student involvement in research, use of networking technology and linking science with quality of life and public outreach. The program was developed under grant ESI 95-50541, awarded by the National Science Foundation Division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education to Richard E. Bonney, Cornell University. While the Classroom FeederWatch project has been discontinued, the Cornell Lab of Orinthology is offering a new curriculum activity called BirdSleuth. For more information on BirdSleuth, visit the activity home page at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/birdsleuth.

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