Bring bird science and conservation to your classroom for a live, interactive experience with Bird Studies Canada!
BSC's Virtual Ornithology distance learning programs are suitable for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and are approximately 45 minutes in length. Content can be tailored to match student age, grade, curriculum and interests. Your classroom can connect via Skype or Google Hangout, which requires a computer with internet access, a webcam, a microphone, speakers, and a projector or smartboard. Thanks to our current funder, W. Garfield Weston Foundation, there is no program fee for our 2017 distance learning programs.
These programs are currently available in English only.
Join Bird Studies Canada as we explore the wonders of bird migration! During this virtual field trip to Long Point Bird Observatory in southern Ontario, students will meet birds up close and participate in bird banding to learn about migration, populations, and bird conservation.
Dates: Spring (April - June) and Fall (September - November)
Curious about the birds in your yard? Wonder why they migrate and where they go in winter? Maybe your class is studying animals, biodiversity, involved in a bird-focused inquiry, or investigating careers?
Bird Studies Canada staff have a vast range of experience and knowledge to share on bird-focused research and monitoring, species at risk, citizen science, and conservation. Please contact us with your bird interests and classroom questions so we can match you with an expert in the field. Alternatively, we can provide you with a list of guided questions for a rich discussion of bird science and conservation.
Dates: September - June
Birds are fascinating animals. Their behaviors are interesting to observe, and they can be found everywhere, including your schoolyard! Get to know your local birds by participating in the following bird-focused Citizen Science programs, which are fun and easy for all ages and skill levels. These virtual workshops guide students through project set-up and protocol, including how to identify birds, record observations, and submit data.
Project FeederWatch (Workshops: October - February) Seasonal monitoring program of winter feeder birds across North America. Participants observe and record birds at feeders weekly between November and April. WEBSITE: www.feederwatch.org
Great Backyard Bird Count (Workshops: January - February) This four-day, annual birdwatching event in mid-February creates a global snapshot of winter bird distribution and populations. WEBSITE: www.birdcount.org
Schoolyard Bird Blitz *NEW* (Workshops: March - April) Annual spring birdwatching event in schoolyards across Canada during the month of May. WEBSITE: http://www.birdscanada.org/birdblitz
Project NestWatch (Workshops: April - May) Seasonal monitoring program of nesting birds across Canada. Participants monitor and record the progress of nesting birds. WEBSITE: www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/pnw
W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
The Gosling Foundation