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Shows for Educators by Grade Level

learn Birds greenboardYou'll find BirdNote stories for students in the list below, ordered by grade levels K-12.

    Kindergarten and above
    Third grade and above
    Sixth grade and above

These are suggestions only. We encourage teachers to determine the appropriateness of each story for their students.

Kindergarten and above
  Baby Bald Eagles: It takes an eagle a long time to grow up!
  Baby Birds Move Out of the Nest:  But they’re still pretty clueless and clumsy!
  How Nestlings Leave the Nest:  From tiny steps to big leaps!
  Great Horned Owl – Hungry Young: Hungry.... and noisy, too!
  California Quail, Up and Running:  “Precocial” chicks are up and away!
  Do Parrots Name Their Chicks?  A different kind of “name tag”
  Chickadees Clean Up After the Youngsters: A simple solution ...
  Robins Raise a Brood - In a Hurry: A whirlwind of family activity, again and again
  Jacana - Lily-trotter: Those long toes are made for walkin’
  Highways as Habitat for Hawks:  Accidental gifts from the age of the automobile
  A Building Manager Shows the Way:  Lights Out protects birds and saves energy
  Voices and Vocabularies - Great Horned Owls:  Listen ...
  Singing Like a Bird and Feeling Good:  Belt it out!
  Birds Talk, People Squawk! Sparky, the famous talking budgerigar!    
  Silly Willow Ptarmigan:  Hard not to smile when you hear this bird!    
  Turkey Calling - Real or Unreal:  Can you tell which is which?    
  Saw-whet Owls Hoot and Hoot: They kept the neighbors up all night!
  Birds That Say Their Own Names:  Sometimes they say it over and over!
  Laughing Kookaburra:  It sounds like a jungle out there!
  Egg Laying 101
  From Egg-Laying to Hatching and Beyond: Eggs are serious business
  How Many Eggs to Lay? One flicker laid 71 eggs in 73 days
  Walking on Eggshells:  Just how fragile are they?
  Where Birds Sleep:  In nests? Not for long!
  Common Murres - Nature’s Laugh Track: Sounds ring from a sea cliff!
  Consider the Ostrich: Do they really stick their heads in the sand?
  Father Birds: Happy Father’s Day from BirdNote!
  Mother Birds: In honor of Mother’s Day!
  Valentine Lovebirds: A symbol of enduring love...
  The Day of the Turkey: Happy Thanksgiving from BirdNote!
  How the Turkey Got Its Name
  A Rufous in the Rain:  Rain or shine, baby hummingbirds need to eat!
  Ruby-throated Hummingbird:  The hummingbird of the eastern states is back!
  Why a Gorget Glitters:  Like a tiny knight in shining armor!
  Decibels per Gram: Sometimes the smaller the bird, the bigger the voice
  Spider Silk - Duct Tape for Birds Nests: A flexible, resilient material ...
  Big Bird - America’s Favorite Flightless Bird: Everyone knows this bird’s song
  The Crow and the Gull:  What’s that crafty bird up to?
  Angry Birds:  What are these birds, and why are they so angry?
  Waxwing Nightlight: Do Bohemian Waxwings glow in the dark?
  Bird Songs Go to Hollywood: What are all those exotic sounds?
  Yogi Berra’s Wit and Wisdom:  “Little things are big”
  “You Need a Mister!” A water mister, that is!
  Alex Chadwick in Big Bend - The Roadrunner
  The Bushtit vs. Elastic:  One determined little bird!
  Migration: Innate or Learned? How do these birds know where to go?
  Why the Crow Is Black
  Raven and the Sun, A Myth: How Raven stole the sun and placed it in the sky
  How Raven Made the Tide: Those clever ravens!
  Raven and the Winding River: No surprise - the raven gets his way!
  The Crane Wife: The sad tale of a Japanese crane . . .
  Rufous Hummingbirds’ Marvelous Nest: The secret is . . . spider webs!
  Are Birds Nests Reused?  It depends on the species
  Heron Nest - Start with One Stick: Construction begins late winter ...
  Raptor Breeding:  Why do they nest so early?
  Tree Swallows and Feathers:  Is it play? Probably competition!
  Woodpeckers Carve Out Roost Cavities: Excavation time - again!
  Nest Cavities - Book Early: Competition is fierce!
  Choosing Where to Nest:  Location, location, location!
  Superstorm Sandy's Effects on Birds and Habitat: How do birds fare?
  Hurricanes and Birds: Given time, bird populations are resilient!
  Burrowing Snowbirds: Turns out snow is a good insulator
  Ospreys Weather the Storm: How can birds survive such severe weather?

Third grade and above

  Raven’s Love Song: These gruff birds have a softer side
  Sandgrouse – Desert Water Carriers: An incredible adaptation ...
  If It Weren’t For Birds:  What would the world be like without birds?
  Purple Martins Change Their Habits: A shift in response to human influence
  Crows Recognize Individual Faces:  The work of John Marzluff
  Finding Your Way Home: Birds convey important messages if we are attuned
  Annual Great Backyard Bird Count: Who's out there?
  Radar Ornithology with Dr. Cliff Mass: Millions of birds are on the move!
  Annual Great Backyard Bird Count: Who's out there?
  The COASST Program - Interview with Julia Parrish: Coastal observation ...
  Backyard Bird Science: You don't have to have a PhD to get involved ...
  Christmas Bird Count:  Put on your parka and binoculars and go!
  The Secret Stash of Eggshells:  She gets calcium from her legbones
  Northern Hawk Owl: The only living member of its genus
  The Superbly Adapted Osprey: A species unique among raptors
  Woodpeckers and Forest Fires: What's the connection?
  How Evolution Works: Why some thrushes migrate twice the distance as others
  Wishbones and Dinosaurs: The wishbone dates back more than 150 million years
  Christmas Bird Count for Kids - with Tom Rusert:  Make this a family tradition!
  Western Hummingbirds - East: Why is this colorful explosion happening now?
  Banding Hummingbirds: Delicate work!
  Hummingbird Migration Myths: On the wings of a goose?
  Alex Chadwick in Big Bend: Banding Hummingbirds
  Crows and Chips:  This crow couldn’t eat just one!
  Precious Poop:  Wars were fought over it!
  Acorn Woodpecker:  The true inspiration for Woody!
  Migration - Long, Short and In-Between: And who flies the farthest?
  Hummingbird Migration Myths: On the wings of a goose?
  Migration to the New World: Perhaps birds lead the First Americans to a new land...
  The Folklore of Owls
  Myth of the Thunderbird: What kind of bird was it, exactly? ...
  Why Robin Has a Red Breast: According to the Suquamish myth...
  How the Steller's Jay Got Its Crest: Northwest Coastal native story
  The Nightingale: A beautiful song in the green wood
  Trogons Nest with Wasps:  A nest few predators would dare disturb!
  Woodpeckers as Keystone Species: How woodpeckers benefit many other birds
  Birds, Nests, and Camouflage: Blending in to the environment ...
  The Great Horned Owl Nest: What’s happening in March?
  Great Horned Owls Nest: Why is it these owls nest in winter?
  White Ibis’s Tricky Nesting Schedule: It all depends on the weather!

Sixth grade and above

  How Humans Affect Competition Among Birds:  “A potent selective force on birds...”
  The Ten Commandments of Subirdia:  Tips for a happy coexistence with birds
  Wetland Birds Thrive:  Human action helps improve the world for birds!
  Suburbs, Juncos, and Evolution: Humans put birds under intense natural selection ...
  Birds Are Evolving Rapidly Today: Changes are occurring all around us!
  Pirates and Parrots: Ahoy, Matey! September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day!
  Hummingbirds by a Hair: A striking image
  Birds on the Menu:  Order up! No “eating like a bird” at this diner!
  Donald Duck:  The duck in the sailor suit
  Tweety Bird:  Twitiavis superciliosis
  How Young Birds Migrate: Young sandpipers find their way on their own!
  How Shorebirds Find Their Way: One of the wonders of migration!
  Nocturnal Migration of Songbirds: Hear the sounds overhead?
  Navigating by Earth's Magnetic Field: How do they know where to go?
  Shorebirds - Masters of Long-Distance Migration: The same routes, year after year
  Long-Distance Migration Takes Fuel and Water: It’s a balancing act
  Long-Distance Champions of Migration: Arctic Terns defend their title!
  Cygnus the Swan: From Greek mythology
  A Northern Gannet Meets Superstorm Sandy: A bird with a transmitter!

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