For a great homeschool biology and natural history lesson, have your students watch this livestream of a Peregrine Falcon nest in Madison, Wisconsin — four fuzzy white chicks just hatched this week:
If you have a spare computer screen, just open this livestream up and leave it on all week for your students to watch. (The images are even visible at night.) You’ll see mom and dad falcon making periodic trips out for food (mostly pigeons) and bringing it back to feed the chicks. In the first few days the parents will spend a lot of time sitting on the chicks because they aren’t yet able to regulate their own body temperature, but as the chicks mature they’ll be left alone for longer periods as both parents go out to forage and feed. The brown objects in the back of the field of view (visible as of this writing) are the remains of the chicks’ empty egg shells.
Peregrine Falcons were a featured species in one of our Friday Bird Families posts back in February — with great photos and video!
What ornithological observations and naturalistical notes have you made in your homeschool this Leo Term? 😊
❡ Books in the running brooks: Our recommended homeschool reference library (riverhouses.org/books) includes an excellent bird guide that would serve your homeschool well. Many other similar guides are also available — find one that’s a good fit for your family and take it with you on all your outings, whether far afield or just out to the backyard. 🦉
❡ Homeschool birds: We think bird study is one of the best subjects you can take up in a homeschool environment. It’s suitable for all ages, it can be made as elementary or as advanced as you wish, and birds can be found just about anywhere at any season of the year. Why not track your own homeschool bird observations on the free eBird website sponsored by Cornell University. It’s a great way to learn more about what’s in your local area and about how bird populations change from season to season. 🦆
❡ Nature notes: This is one of our regular Homeschool Natural History posts. Add your name to our weekly mailing list (riverhouses.org/newsletter) and get great homeschool teaching ideas delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. 🐦