Osprey Resources for Education

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Osprey migration lesson planOsprey Lesson Plan
CBF has developed a lesson plan that specifically ties osprey migration to this Osprey Tracking Program. Show your students how this local, iconic bird and their migration patterns can teach us patterns, math, cultural history, chemistry (the persistence of DDT), and more. Download (PDF)


Cover: The Return of the Fish HawkThe Return of the Fish Hawk
The Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Audubon Society of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department also created an osprey curriculum piece. Download (PDF)

Screen shot: Fieldscope web siteFieldScope
CBF encourages teachers to include lessons about how land use changes the health of your local waterways. In order to connect the osprey you saw in the field with standards-based material in the classroom, introduce your students to National Geographic's FieldScope so they can map and calculate pervious/impervious surfaces, watershed area, and land use. Go to web page


Screen shot: Flyways web siteOspreys Flyways Project
Be part of an international effort to track osprey migrations. Schools across the globe are part of the Ospreys Flyways Project and participating in World Osprey Week in March 2014. Go to website

Logo: Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy SystemNOAA Chesapeake Bay Buoy System
Tie the osprey migration data to water quality data from NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System. Access data from multiple points in the Chesapeake to see how water quality and weather affect the birds' feeding and flight patterns. Go to website

Article spread: Osprey Feel the HeatOsprey Feel the Heat
The migratory schedule of osprey is being altered by a new environmental problem: climate change. There are an increasing number of reports of osprey overwintering in the Bay, instead of migrating south to Brazil. Article published in the Spring 2012 issue of CBF's Save the Bay magazine.  Webpage   Magazine

Hear an Osprey Call


Student Wave web pageCBF Student Wave
Preserve and restore the streams and rivers that run through the Bay watershed. These are the lifelines for fish that our osprey feed on during their spring and summer stay with us. CBF's Student Wave website has videos that show you how to do it step-by-step. cbf.org/StudentWave


Data landing page for Movebank.com

Migration Tracking Data from Movebank.com
Download tracking data for Nick, Hackett, and Holly

Students construct an osprey tower. Photo by CBF StaffBuild an Osprey Tower
Check out these guides to build your own osprey tower. Please note that you must have permission to put up an osprey tower on private property. (see disclaimer, CBF is not encouraging students to capture and tag osprey) photo attached and below. Go to web page

Osprey puzzle  http://www.friendsofblackwater.org/ospquiz.htmlOnline Osprey Puzzle
Take a quiz to complete the osprey puzzle. Try it

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