Bird Migration – Item #SL-368

Classic StarLab Cylinder

Bird migration is a worldwide phenomenon that happens for many varied reasons including temperature changes, seasonal fluctuations in food supplies, breeding needs, and territorial considerations. Routes vary from species to species, as well as from individual to individual. How routes are found and followed is a fascinating aspect of this yearly pilgrimage that scientists are exploring. The Bird Migration Cylinder and accompanying curriculum feature the general migration routes of fourteen specific bird species, as well as an overview of several different types of typical migrations. In addition, the cylinder features prevailing winds, mountain ranges, and magnetic poles that help students to understand the ways birds use these naturally occurring phenomena, and the location of already established bird communities, to assist (or hinder) them in reaching their seasonal destination. Activities can be adapted for Grades 3 and up.