These activities allow upper level students to collect, graph, and interpret phenology data.
Students record observations of the birds visiting feeders outside their school. Then they compare their records to those from local birding experts and online citizen science data sources to determine if the timing of bird activity has shifted in their community.
Outdoor activity; 5 class periods plus weekly 10-20 minute observations
Students will work with a small dataset taken from the USA National Phenology Network Database to learn the proper way to graph data so that they can make comparisons between groups.
Indoor activity; 4-5 class periods