Art copyright Ram Papish
The IMBD 2004 theme explored the fascinating variety and habits of colonial birds, as well as the conservation issues for these birds. See the 2004 Theme Overview, a general discussion of coloniality and an explanation of the 2004 artwork.
Download (and feel free to copy!) "Which Birds Are Colonial?" Fact Sheet
Relevant on-line referencesNorth Carolinaís Colonial Waterbirds
Colonial Birds of U.S. Great Lakes
Seabirds of the St. Lawrence, Quebec, Canada
And just one example of a website that offers accounts for bird species:
Student ActivitiesStations To Teach About Coloniality
This Word file describes three activity stations (a sorting game, a "jeopardy" game, and a display) which could be used to introduce students to the lifestyles of colonial-nesting birds.
"Living with Cormorants"
Foxes and Kittiwakes
Fish Out of Water (Puffins) Each summer, Atlantic puffins return to Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, in the Gulf of Maine, to raise their young. This video is an intimate look into the lives of these colorful seabirds, and includes the first-ever-recorded-scenes of Maine coast puffins feeding and raising a chick inside a rock burrow.
Beautiful footage. See Project Puffin Website for more information and clips. For all ages, though not likely to hold the attention of young children.
Where the Heron Finds Its Home. North America's elegant Great Blue Heron is being discovered by biologists to be a remarkably sensitive indicator of the state of our wetlands. If herons are abundant, the wetlands they inhabit form a healthy ecosystem. Developed for grade levels: 5-12, College, Adult. Produced by Len Gilday for CBC's "The Nature of Things" Released 1996.
Off the Hook: An informational video for longline fishermen in Alaska.
For fishermen, but also good general education about seabirds and bycatch.
Restoring Balance: Removing the Black Rat from Anacapa Island This video documents an innovative project aimed at removing the black rat from Anacapa Island, thereby restoring balance to a critical habitat for seabirds and other island resources for generations to come. All ages.
Returning Home: Bringing the Common Murre Back to Devilís Slide Rock
A 1986 oil spill along the central California coastline devastated a breeding colony of Common Murres on Devilís Slide Rock, a small seastack near Pacifica, 15 miles south of San Francisco. Using mirrors, decoys, and recording of murre vocalizations to simulate an active murre colony, scientists are attracting these diving seabirds back to their former home. The dramatic success of this project has important implications for future seabird restoration projects.
The following two videos are USFWS productions. One free copy may be requested from the USFWS National Conservation Training Center Library. Write Elizabeth_Jackson@fws.gov. Additional copies can be
obtained from Video Transfer, Inc. (5800 Arundel Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852). Phone: (301) 881-0270, Fax: (301) 770-9131
Do Your Part - Wetlands for Kids This video, developed for 4-6th grades, takes three students on an adventure through a wetland. They discover the importance of wetlands, why they are disappearing, and what students can do to help protect wetlands. The accompanying teacher's guide describes post-viewing activities to enhance the video's effectiveness. It recommends classroom and outdoor activities to provide "hands-on" learning. 1993
Making Waves Ė Why Care About the Gulf of Mexico Filled with beautiful nature scenes and practical suggestions, this video is for teenagers and their families to explain why the Gulf of Mexico is such a valuable resource, why it is in trouble and what we can do to make a difference. No direct reference to colonial birds, though several appear in the footage.
For questions about this page, contact Jennifer Wheeler at IMBD@fws.gov
Revised March 1, 2005