The program was presented in three parts with a bird slide show, bird treasure program and guided bird walks, with the students rotating through the sections in three groups. Above, Billie Cantwell, President of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (KTOS) introduces birds to the students with images of birds and stories about birds in her own yard.
Paula Schneeberger, below, talks with students about bird-related items she has collected in her treasure chest. Many items, such as feathers, can be held by the students for a closer look. Others, such as owl pellets, are encased in plastic so they can be passed around.filaments hold together. Birds take care of their feathers by preening. Paula compares preening to a zipper on a jacket. Preening zips the filaments back together!
Pocket Naturalist Guides on Tennessee Birds donated to the Discover Birds Program by Waterford Press. Students also found birds they were familiar with from their own yards, as well as, the birds they saw on their bird walks.
Pocket Naturalist Guide on Tennessee Birds for reference and to get a another good look at the bird. Below, students compare what they see on the guide and help each other locate the bird they are discussing.
Discover Birds Activity Books provided by KTOS. It was a great morning of great birding!
For more information about the Discover Birds Program contact Billie Cantwell at firstname.lastname@example.org. To order printed activity books, contact Cyndi Routledge at email@example.com. To download and print the activity book, visit: The Tennessee Ornithological Society--Educational Resources page.
Links and Resources:
Nature's Way Montessori School
Waterford Press Pocket Guides--Tennessee Birds
KTOS--Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society
KTOS on Facebook
Discover Birds Program
Discover Birds Activity Book
Tennessee Watchable Wildlife--Birds
Cornell's free beginning birding app--Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Audubon Mobile Field Guides