If all goes well, we are expecting our first egg in just over one month! With the nesting season upon us, now seems like a great time to remind educators about the resources we have compiled for bringing the Eagle Cam into classrooms.
This list of tried and true eagle themed lesson plans includes some new K-12 plans that were written with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in mind.
Teachers can borrow our Eagle Kit for up to two weeks free of charge! It includes bald eagle-themed short stories, field guides, costume elements and replicas of an egg, skull and talon. Lesson plans for all grade levels are also included in a handy binder.
In 2016, we worked with our partner and friend Jim Wright to produce an eagle e-book and a series of blog posts over the course of the nesting season to help interested viewers understand what happens in the nest. We have archived over 150 posts on our site about the Duke Farms eagles.
Regular viewers of the Duke Farms Eagle Cam can act as citizen scientists and help NJ’s Eagle Biologist, Larissa Smith gather data by participating in the Eagle Food Observation Project.
We offer professional development workshops for teachers on eagle ecology and have developed the extremely popular Eagle Cam Lesson Plan Contest. Teachers from all grade levels submit original lesson plans and the winner earns a special invitation to join our staff and state biologists to band the chicks. The submission deadline is April 1st and the details can be viewed here.
This handy list of FAQ’s about the Duke Farms nest is sure to spark some new lesson ideas.
Each year, the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife produces this report on the status of the species and updates on research and conservation efforts.
Our Eagle Cam Teachers Facebook page is a fun group of eagle-loving folks who share all kinds of great resources.
Are you still looking for additional resources? Please contact me with any ideas you might have for how we can expand our offerings.
Enjoy the season!