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: Sound Science

Video Description: In this webinar, Ethan Duke, MRBO Director, leads a discussion of bird sounds, with a focus on how to identify and record your own.


  1. Start Video at 14:30 and End Video at 30:21. 
  2. Some bird recordings are on the quieter side so you may want to turn up volume for these parts. 
  3. After watching video, complete this Google Form Quiz to make sure you understand the concepts introduced.