Birds rarely stay in the same location for a full year. Groups of birds typically make long flights together during seasonal changes, a process known as migration. But why do these birds group together in order to migrate? Why do they travel in flocks and not alone? We will address the answer to these questions in this lesson.
I can explain why birds form groups when they migrate.
Ready Jet Go! - Bird Migration
Upon playing the video, students will understand the reason why birds migrate for the winter. Have students complete a Journal Write in which they make a claim and use evidence from the video to explain why birds migrate during seasonal changes.
Why Birds Flock Together
Have students read the information and watch the video about birds being in groups (flocks). Students should understand the following reasons why birds form groups:
Bird Migration - A Perilous Journey
Before watching the video, pose the question: “What effects do landscaping development and habitat destruction have on migrating birds?”
Guide students to understand that with changing landscapes, birds will be less likely to survive migrations.
Relate this concept to Jug Bay, from the Outdoors Maryland video. What would happen to birds that typically “refuel” at Jug Bay if the environment were to disappear or be destroyed?
This learning resource is a production of Maryland Public Television/Thinkport.