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Osprey

The Raptor Center provides Highway To The Tropics! lesson plans that are multi-disciplinary and center around learning about ospreys, (Pandion haliaetus). The lesson plans may be used in sequential order or individually.
http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/oldless.html

Radical Raptors (Gr. 4-8)
The first lesson addresses some basic questions such as, "What is a raptor?" and "Why are they different than other birds?"
http: //www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/radical.html

It's All Interconnected! (Gr. 4-8)
We look at the relationships between animals and plants on an ecosystem and habitat level.
http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/connect.html

Predator/Prey Relationships (Gr. 4-8)
Addresses predator and prey relationships and how it fits into ecosystems and habitats in Minnesota and the Southern Hemisphere.
http:// www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/no3.html

 

Habitats The Osprey Uses

Lake and Pond Study (Gr. 4-8)
This lesson will provide students with an in-depth look at characteristics of these two habitats and the plants and animals which live in and around them.
http:/ /www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/pond.html

River Study (Gr. 4-8)
Also provides students with an in- depth look at characteristics of this habitat and the plants and animals which live in and around the river
http:// www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/no5.html

The Rainforest (Gr. 4-8)
Students will look at the osprey's wintering sites in the Southern Hemisphere, which usually are located in or near rainforests.
http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/no6.html

Wetland Wonders (Gr. 4-8)
Addresses fresh and salt water wetlands, and how the osprey is dependent upon these areas.
http:// www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/no7.html

Nest Watch! (Gr. 4-8)
Students will look at ways to construct osprey nesting platforms and monitor artificial and natural nest sites.
http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/lesson8.html

 

Water Quality and the Osprey

Making Your Own Sampling Tools (Gr. 4- 8)
Enables students to construct various tools to use on field trips to measure the water quality of lakes, ponds, and rivers in their area which have osprey activity on them.
http:// www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/no9.html

Macroinvertebrate Study (Gr. 4-8)
Macroinvertebrate studies will lead students in discussions about the quality of water ospreys utilize, using a biological inventory as an indicator.
http:/ /www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/no11.html

Seining (Gr. 4-8)
Focuses on seining to determine the fish species found in ponds, lakes, and rivers with osprey activity.
http:/ /www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/no12.html

Raptors and Culture (Gr. 4-8)
This will enable students to better understand other cultures around the world and their attitudes towards wildlife, and raptors in particular.
http:/ /www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/no14.html

The Road South (Gr. 4-8)
This migration tracking exercise will enable students to learn about geography, as well as basic mapping terminology.
http:// www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu/raptor/meeen/road.html

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