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.
Video 1: Monitoring Nest Success

Video Description: This video is Part 1 of a two-part interview with Missouri River Bird Observatory’s (MRBO) Grasslands Project Leader, Erik Ost. During Part 1 of the interview, we cover MRBOs Grassland Bird Nest Monitoring Project including what we are studying, why we are studying grassland birds, and how we gather data. The video also covers most vocabulary terms. Video is made by MRBO.


  1. Watch video interview. 
  2. Complete this Google Form Quiz to make sure you understand all concepts.