Educational Programs

Bird of Prey Conservation through Education, Field Study and Wise Stewardship

In the spring of 2000 Manitoba’s School Science Advisors were presented with a proposal for students to become personally engaged with one of Canada’s most rare and exciting species.

With the support of the Science Advisors, Parkland Mews is pleased to offer teachers a truly stimulating learning experience for their students to interact with an Endangered Peregrine Falcon. Areas most suited for the Peregrine Falcon as part of the Manitoba elementary school science curriculum are listed below.

Lesson plans prepared by Parkland Mews are in module form. Depending on classroom requirements either single learning outcomes, or multiple learning outcomes are provided to assist teachers in meeting their objectives.

Grade 1 - Characteristics and Needs of Living Things

  • 1-1-03 Identify and describe common characteristics of humans and other animals they have observed.
  • 1-1-07 Recognize that plants, animals, and humans, as living things, have particular needs.
  • 1-1-08 Describe what is needed to care for a pet, a farm animal, or an indoor plant.
  • 1-1-09 Compare ways in which humans and other animals meet their needs.
  • 1-1-10 Describe how humans and other living things depend on their environment to meet their needs.
  • 1-1-12 Identify hobbies and jobs that require knowledge of the needs of living things.

Grade 2 - Growth and Changes in Animals:

  • 2-1-09 Compare the appearance of young and mature animals of the same type.
  • 2-1-11 Identify and describe constant and changing characteristics of an animal as it grows and develops.
  • 2-1-13 Describe and compare ways in which different animals care for their offspring.
  • 2-1-14 Describe changes in the appearance and activity of various animals as they go through a complete life cycle.
  • 2-1-15 Compare the life cycles of animals that have similar life cycles and those that have different life cycles.
  • 2-1-16 Observe and describe an animal’s life processes.
  • 2-1-17 Identify and describe ways in which humans help other animals.

Grade 4 - Habitats and Communities:

  • 4-1-02 Recognize that each plant and animal depends on a specific habitat to meet its needs.
  • 4-1-03 Identify the components of an animal habitat.
  • 4-1-04 Identify physical and behavioural adaptations of animals and plants, and infer how these adaptations help them to survive in a specific habitat.
  • 4-1-09 Recognize that plant and animal populations interact within a community.
  • 4-1-10 Recognize that the food chain is a system in which some of the energy from the sun is transferred eventually to animals.
  • 4-1-13 Predict, based on their investigations, how the removal of a plant or animal population may affect the rest of the community.
  • 4-1-14 Investigate natural and human-caused changes to habitats, and identify resulting effects on plant and animal populations.
  • 4-1-16 Describe how specific technological developments have enabled humans to increase their knowledge about plant and animal populations.

Grade 6 - Flight:

  • 6-2-03 Identify adaptations that enable living things to propel themselves through air, water, or to be transported by the wind.
  • 6-2-05 Describe how “lighter-that-air flying devices” are able to achieve lift.
  • 6-2-08 Provide examples of design features or adaptations that enhance or reduce drag, and explain how they work.

*Presentation Fees are $2.50 per student. Individual class sizes are preferred.

Robert Wheeldon has spent many years in both Canada and New Zealand as a professional wildlife educator and falconer. His bird of prey presentations are a popular choice for the annual day camps at the Fort Whyte Nature Centre each summer. Robert's most recent work is the authorship of a Recovery Plan and a Recovery Strategy for the Peregrine Falcon in Manitoba, and was undertaken at the request of the provincial government.

*Prices subject to increase.


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