Students will study the diet of bald eagles at the Decorah North Nest.
This lesson plan will help create an understanding that energy in an animal’s food was once energy from the sun. In the process, students will learn about ecosystem interactions, energy, and dynamics. This lesson plan will take to one to two class periods.
Full Lesson Plan >> What’s On The Menu?
- Basic Bald Eagle information, including diet: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bald_Eagle/lifehistory
- North Nest prey table (included at the end of the lesson plan)
- Blog on prey items collected from the North Nest: https://www.raptorresource.org/2018/08/09/whats-on-the-menu-at-the-decorah-north-nest/
- Live stream: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-north-nest/
Slideshow with basic information about the North Nest (https://bit.ly/2y0l6sL)
Teachers are welcome to apply for a Raptor Resource Project educational chat account to observe incubation, hatching, and eaglets with other classes from around the country. The chat is moderated by Raptor Resource Project volunteers. Link: https://www.raptorresource.org/classroom/. If you don’t have a Raptor Resource Project classroom account, register here: https://www.raptorresource.org/register/. All of our birdcams can be accessed at https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/.
Life Science and Middle School