New for 2014 is the Jr. Duck Stamp Educator and Student Guides - a comprehensive standards-based curriculum for public schools, nonformal educators and homeschools. We would be happy to send you the appropriate guide on request, just contact the Stillwater NWR Visitor Service Manager at 775/423-5128 ext 228 or click on the contact us by email link at the bottom of this web page.
The Jr Duck Stamp art design and contest program takes place annually, with an entry deadline of March 15 (postmarked by), and is open to all youth in grades K - 12. Rules, waterfowl species allowed and contest information can be found on the Federal Jr Duck Stamp website at: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/
Whether you are a public school educator, a home-school leader, work with scouts, or are a non-formal natural resource educator, Stillwater NWR has many options for learning about the cultural and natural resources of the unique Lahontan Valley Wetlands.
Our office can provide learning kits for your group or class, either through FREE checkout or by conducting the lesson or activity for you and your students.
All of our environmental education programs are aligned with NV state and National Education Standards, so that integration into your existing curriculum will be smooth. Activities can either be stand-alone or supplemental to your current subject matter lessons.
Topics include: Wetland habitats, bird biology, Native American use of plants, wildlife and the Stillwater marsh, birdwatching, waterfowl hunting, Jr Duck Stamp conservation art project, marsh ecology, insects and natural resource careers.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has HD cameras to give you and your students a wonderfully unique glimpse into the real yet often secret lives of nesting birds. Visit our Multi-media Gallery and click on the WebCam links to view these live feeds from across the country.
Share these views with students of all ages as they join the excitement during one of the most active times of birds' lives. These four activities will help engage your students in science learning through the live Bird Cams!
Together, you and your students can:
*learn about the different stages of a bird's life
*explore habitats and map your own
*practice tracking bird behaviors and recording data
Activity Title with Key Skills and Content:
1. Discover Nesting Birds - Bird Biology, Making Observations, Science Investigation
2. Sharing Our Experience with Nesting Birds - Nesting stages, Life Cycles, Data Collection
3. Which Birds Nest Here? - Bird identification, Diversity of Life, Habitats
4. Map that Habitat! - Habitat, Human Impacts, Journaling, Mapping
Feel free to download the PDF (1750kb, 23 pages) or contact the Stillwater NWR office at 775/423-5128 ext 228 for a copy to be electronically or mailed to you.
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