Environmental Education

Primarily in the winter months, BBO runs an active education program. Staff give presentations focusing on bird conservation, diversity, climate change and research to schools, day homes, children’s nature groups (such as Scouts), senior’s residences / associations, and other groups. Presentations are given based on the appropriate grade level Alberta curriculum (when applicable), integrating bird information into science, social studies, or language arts topics. When curriculum is not a suitable guide (eg. not school-based), topics are chosen at the discretion of the group, but are also focused on birds, research, climate change and conservation – particularly on a local scale. Most presentations include information on how to protect birds  in local communities and how to reduce contributions to climate change. In addition to the presentations, activities, such as sketching or crosswords are brought to enhance learning whenever possible. A live educational owl or falcon is brought to every event to further reinforce the material taught during educational presentations. 

Topics for talks and the associated Alberta Science Curriculum topics are as follows: 

 

Preschool: Owls of Alberta – PreK, or BBO Storybook (an overview of the natural area and the idea of bird banding)

Kindergarten: Owls of Alberta – K

Relates to SLE of “becomes aware of the five senses and how they are used to explore, investigate and describe the world”

Grade 1: Owls of Alberta - 1

Covers Science GLE 1-11 (Needs of Animals & Plants) with emphasis on SLE 1, 3-4,6

Grade 2: Owls of Alberta - 2

Covers Science GLE 2-10 (Small Crawling & Flying Animals) with emphasis on SLE 3, 5-6

Grade 3: Owls of Alberta - 3

Covers Science GLE 3-10 (Animal Life Cycles) with emphasis on SLE 1-3, 5

 Grade 4: Owls of Alberta – 4

Covers Social Studies GLE 4.1 (Alberta: A Sense of the Land) with emphasis on SLE 4.1.1 – 4.1.2, 4.1.4

Grade 5: Wetland Conservation

Covers Science GLE 5-10 (Wetland Ecosystems) with emphasis on SLE 1-2, 4-5, 9-11 

Grades 5-6: Bird Conservation

Relates to Gr 5. Science GLE 5-10 (Wetland Ecosystems) by touching on SLE 4-6, 9-11
Relates to Gr 6. Science GLE 6-10 (Trees & Forests) by touching on SLE 1, 8-10

Grade 6: Birds in Flight

Relates to Science, Understanding Topic E: Flight

Grade 7: Bird in Ecosystems or Climate Change & Ecosystem

Covers Science Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems, with emphasis on STS 1,3

Grades 7-9: Bird Conservation

Covers Gr 7. Science Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems, with emphasis on STS 1,3
Relates to Gr 8. Science Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Systems
Relates to Gr 9. Science Unit A: Biological Diversity & Unit C: Environmental Chemistry

Grade 7-9: Story of the Plastic Bag

Covers Gr 7. Science Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems, with emphasis on STS 1, 3-4
Covers Gr 8. Science Unit E: Freshwater and Saltwater Systems, with emphasis on STS 4
Relates to Gr 9. Science Unit A: Biological Diversity & Unit C: Environmental Chemistry

Grade 8: Water, Climate Change & Our Feathery Friends

Covers Science Unit E: Freshwater & Saltwater Systems, with emphasis on STS 1,3,4

Grade 8: Adaptations for Flight

Relates to Science Unit D: Mechanical Systems, touching on STS 1-3

Grade 9: Habitat Loss & Bird Populations

Covers Science Unit A: Biological Diversity, with emphasis on STS 1, 4

Grades 9-12: Climate Change & Birds, or Birds – An Early Warning System

Covers Gr 9. Unit C: Environmental Chemistry with emphasis on STS 1, 3
Relates to Science 10 Unit D: Energy Flow in Global Systems
Covers Science 20 Unit D: Changes in Living Systems with emphasis on SOK 20-D1.4K, and STS 20-D1.1sts
Covers Science 30 Unit B: Chemistry & the Environment with emphasis on STS 30-B1.2sts, 30-B2.3k, 30-B2.5k, 30B2.1sts, 30-B3.1k – 30-B3.3k

Grade 10: Climate Change & Energy

Covers Science 10 Unit D: Energy Flow in Global Systems, with emphasis on STS 1, 4

Grade 10-12: Bird Diversity, Conservation and Research

Covers Science 20 Unit D: Changes in Living Systems, with emphasis on STS 20-D3.1K 
Covers Science 30 Unity B: Chemistry & the Environment, with emphasis on STS 30-B2.1K, 30-B3.1K

Grade 12: Climate Change & Energy

Covers Science 30 Unit D: Energy & the Environment, with emphasis on STS 30-D1.4k, 30-D1.5k

Adult Presentations: Owls of Alberta – For Adults, Conservation & Citizen Science,  Bird Conservation & Birds in the City,  Bird Diversity Conservation & Research

 

*grade levels K-6 include presentation, drawing/colouring activity/crossword puzzle, and interacting with the education owl

**grade levels 7-12 include presentation, interacting with the education owl, and may include a worksheet

 

Interactions with the Educational Birds

All presentations include one of the educational owls or falcons. Ray or Ricki are Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Moxie is a Peregrine Falcon.

 

Field Trips to BBO

During the field season, groups or individuals may visit the BBO to see live banding in action. Banding typically occurs from May to October. A donation is requested for large group visits. Please email educationbeaverhillbirds@gmail.com to book a group visit.

 

Pricing for talks are as follows:

Classrooms up to 30 students                                                                                                            $100

Classrooms 30-50 students                                                                                                                $150

Classrooms over 50 students                                                                                                        Variable

Adult presentations, afterschool groups, libraries                                                                               $150

For-profit groups                                                                                                            $700 or fundraiser

 

Add-ons

Guided nature walk                                                                                                                               $50

Banding demonstration                                                                                                                         $50

Hands on crafts                                                                                                                                     $50

*10% discount when multiple talks are booked on the same day

Prices can be flexible for need, but minimum fee of $100 is required to cover staff time and mileage

 

For more information or to book a talk, email

education@beaverhillbirds.com