This Using Empirical Data in the Classroom: Raptor Migrations! lesson plan also includes:
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Raptor flight patterns align with seasonal changes in net primary productivity. Here is a thought-provoking lesson that uses empirical data from a video to help scholars understand raptor migrations, producers/consumers, and ecosystems. Through discussion questions during the video, conclusions clarify the connection between carbon, photosynthesis, and animal migration patterns.
- Divide the class into two groups with half focusing on the movement of the ospreys and the other half focusing on the turkey vultures
- Discuss Net Primary Productivity (NPP) in more depth, including going over the formula
- Relies on basic prior knowledge of ecosystems, ecology, and seasonality
- Includes extension ideas
- Offers a list of references for those wishing to learn more