Lesson 2: Why does the songbird sing??

Topic: Bird Songs vs Calls Theme: A bird species’ song and calls have different characteristics and serve different purposes to enhance survival and reproduction.

Lesson 3: Wait… birds have dance battles??

Topic: Courtship Rituals and Mating Displays Theme: The courtship rituals and mating displays of birds are not only entertaining, but also teach us how natural selection can produce unique behaviors and physical features.

Lesson 4: How does one make a nest??

Topic: Bird Nesting and the Nest Cycle Themes: Nests are important structures for young survival. Nest types and materials vary widely depending on species and habitat.

Lesson 5: How is reproductive success measured??

Topic: MRBO Nest Monitoring Project Themes: One way we can measure reproductive success is by measuring nesting success. We can use long-term nest monitoring data to see how specific factors may increase or decrease nest success.
Activity: Bird Song Hero

Activity Summary: You will use this excellent resource provided by Cornell Lab of Ornithology to learn more about how and why birds sing as well as learn the songs of a few bird species.


  1. Watch 7-min instruction video before doing the tutorial to learn what the game will involve and get some practice. 
  2. Then move through the All About Bird Song interactive lesson to learn about how and why birds sing. 

All About Bird Song Tutorial Link: https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/birdsong/songbirds-in-action