The following resources can be used by teachers, parents, or anyone who is curious about raptors, birds in general, and the natural world. All of our resources can be distributed and reproduced for educational purposes.
If you would like to schedule a live distance learning presentation with a HawkWatch Educator and one of our Raptor Ambassadors, please contact Melissa Halvorsen, .
High School Biology
Peregrine Problems, Part 1
Not so long ago, the Peregrine Falcon, along with many other birds of prey, experienced a dramatic population crash. Scientists struggled to identify what brought these amazing predators to the brink of extinction, but once they did, the race was on to save one of the world’s iconic raptors. In this lesson, students will explore the phenomenon of peregrine falcon population crashes in the 1970s. Students will use the science practices of analyzing and interpreting data, asking questions, and obtaining information to review scientific findings from the period in an attempt to uncover what caused these amazing birds to nearly disappear forever.
Students will need the Peregrine Problems Part 1 Lesson Guide and the Peregrine Problems Video. Teachers or learning facilitators will benefit from reviewing the Peregrine Problems Part 1 Facilitation Guide.
Peregrine Problems, Part 2
Understanding the cause of the problem is only the first step. Now that students have identified the cause of the Peregrine population crash, they will need to think like scientists to define problems, obtain and evaluate information, and design a solution to help peregrines recover and repopulate in the wild.
- Peregrine Problems, Part 2 Coming Soon!
The Incredible Egg
In this series of two labs, students will begin by examining what happens when eggs are exposed to different water and vinegar solutions. Students will then use eggs as a model for human cells to explore osmosis and diffusion in various hypertonic and hypotonic environments. Finally, students will use the data they record and their own independent research to prepare a presentation explaining their findings. We’ve included videos of our results from the labs so students can compare their results to ours!
Middle School Biology
Raptor Adaptations, Part 1
What makes a bird a bird? This question is harder to answer than it appears. Birds are a unique class of animals that display a huge array of shapes, sizes, and colors, but what exactly distinguishes them from other animals? In this lesson, students will use their prior knowledge to identify the features common to all birds. They will also obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about a specific species of bird and the features that make it unique.
Students will need the Raptor Adaptations Part 1 Lesson Guide and the Raptor Adaptations Video. Teachers or learning facilitators will benefit from reviewing the Raptor Adaptations Part 1 Facilitator Guide.
Raptor Adaptations, Part 2
In part one, students learned what makes birds distinct from all other animals. In part 2, we’ll explore what sets raptors apart from the rest of the Aves class. Students will identify some unique raptor features and then engage in arguments from evidence to decide if specific species of birds should be included as raptors or not.
- Raptor Adaptations, Part 2 Coming Soon!
For Any Learner
How do scientists study birds in the wild? Why is monitoring bird populations and behavior important? How can members of the community help scientists in their work? You can learn the answers to these questions and practice bird science in your own backyard. We’ll help you get started with an introduction to survey techniques, some bird ID apps, and activities to help you examine the features of the birds you can see right outside your window.
Backyard Scientist Habitat Hero Coming Soon!
Meet our Raptor Ambassadors
HawkWatch International cares for eight individual raptors that, for various reasons, can not be released into the wild. In these short videos, we introduce the birds and share their stories as well as some fascinating facts about their wild relatives.