This lesson plan has been adapted for an individual lesson or group activity that helps students confidently explore and identify the birds living in nature around them. The lesson was originally designed to occur in a large natural area or a guided birding tour at a Port restoration site, but can also be conducted from the comfort of your neighborhood or local park.
This lesson introduces the concepts of bird identification, adaptations of native Maryland birds, and helps participants think critically on how birds are indicators of ecosystem health.
The lesson includes an identification sheet with photos of birds, a list of terms, and recommends the use of binoculars if available. Topics for wrap up, continued discussion, and the incredible use of dredged material in habitat restoration are also included.