Wildlife and Endangered Species
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.
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?"
It's All Interconnected! (Gr. 4-8)
We look at the relationships between animals and plants on an ecosystem and habitat level.
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.
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.
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
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.
Wetland Wonders (Gr. 4-8)
Addresses fresh and salt water wetlands, and how the osprey is dependent upon these areas.
Nest Watch! (Gr. 4-8)
Students will look at ways to construct osprey nesting platforms and monitor artificial and natural nest sites.
Water Quality and the Osprey
Making Your Own Sampling Tools (Gr. 4-
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.
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.
Seining (Gr. 4-8)
Focuses on seining to determine the fish species found in ponds, lakes, and rivers with osprey activity.
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.
The Road South (Gr. 4-8)
This migration tracking exercise will enable students to learn about geography, as well as basic mapping terminology.