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.
Concluding Questions
  1. How do you calculate nesting success rate? (Hint: Remember your calculation in the activity).
  2. What are two reasons a nest might be unsuccessful?
  3. What was the difference between the treatment and control units in the nest monitoring study and how might this difference affect nesting success?
  4. Why is it important to study grassland bird nesting success?
  5. What is something you learned in this lesson that you had no idea about before? Be specific.