Migratory Birds & Habitat Programs
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Resources for Educators

Birds in Education

Birds are a great way to connect students with nature!  Birds can be seen or heard in most environments, from urban to agricultural to wilderness.  Birds can easily be attracted to an area and are often less secretive than mammals, reptiles, or amphibians.

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Educators

International Migratory Bird Day -

In its simplest form, IMBD is a one-day celebration of migratory birds: their beauty, their amazing abilities, and the benefits they provide people. It is set on the second Saturday in May, to coincide with the return of spring migrants.  Educational resources on migratory birds and International Migratory Bird Day activities are available.

Conservation Through Art -

Annual Junior Duck Contest connects children with nature through science and art.  A curriculum guide and educational resources are available for the Junior Duck Stamp Program

Journey North -

A global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. This website includes lesson plans and background materials for classes to enter their own data, track and learn about migratory species.

Lets Go Outside -

An exciting world outdoors awaits you and there are lots of things you can do for fun.  Get some ideas from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Let's Go Outside initiative!

Youth Go -

A range of activities and educational resources for educators created by the Department of the Interior.

Want More Ideas?

Check out your local National Wildlife Refuges for more education ideas close to home!

 

Students

Bird Identification -

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center bird identification website is a great resource for bird identification with photographs, songs, videos, identification tips, maps, and life history information for North American birds. 

Conservation Through Art -

Annual Junior Duck Art Contest connects you with nature through science and art.  This site includes information on rules, entry forms (English/Spanish), frequently asked questions and art tour information.

Conservation History -

The National Conservation Training Center History Website links to numerous discussions on the history of conservation, including links to historical document copies such as Rachel Carson writings, heroes remembered, law enforcement and archive collection.

Conservation Library -

The National Conservation Training Center Library Website links to numerous online publications of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (journals, newsletters), many other libraries and literature search capabilities including the National Conservation Training Center library.

Lets Go Outside -

An exciting world outdoors awaits you and there are lots of things you can do for fun.  Get some ideas from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Let's Go Outside initiative!

Youth Go -

The Department of the Interior is uniquely positioned to help millions of young Americans reconnect with our natural and cultural heritage, put thousands of young people to work in the great outdoors, and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. A range of activities created by the Department of the Interior.

Want More Ideas?

Check out your local National Wildlife Refuges for more things to do close to home!

 

Volunteers

National Wildlife Refuges -

National Wildlife Refuges are close to home and are always looking for volunteers. Find one near you! 

Breeding Bird Surveys –  

Each spring over 2500 skilled amateur birders and professional biologists volunteer to participate in the North American BBS. They are always looking for birders to join the team.   Learn more about the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) or Contact your state coordinator below.

Idaho, Oregon, or Washington

Christmas Bird Count -  

A great example of Citizen Science in Action.  From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season. Visit the Audubon Society for more information!

Close to Portland?

Help with Bird Safe Portland Surveys  - It is estimated that over 100 million birds die annually as a result of window strikes in the US alone, a mortality rate second only to habitat destruction.  Bird Safe Portland is a Citizen Science effort to understand the magnitude of  the problem locally. 

Help a Rehabber! 

Volunteering with your local wildlife rehabber is a great way to give back, make a difference, and safely get up close to wildlife. Contact our Migratory Bird Permit Office to find one near you via email or call (503) 872-2715.

Can’t find what you need?  Have a recommendation for information that would be helpful on this page?  We appreciate your feedback.

Last updated: March 27, 2014

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