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Lesson plans, worksheets and suggested activities for achieving outcomes in the Biological sciences strand in the Australian Science Curriculum:
Select Year Level> 1 2 3 4 5 6
Tips to get the most out of a group excursion.
Museum specimens of birds can be borrowed via the Queensland Museum Network Loans program- QM Loans.
Student Birding Guides
Designed for Prep-Year 2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6
These booklets contain beautiful colour photos of many local birds as well as suggested activities related to achieving outcomes in the Australian Curriculum, especially Science. They are available for sale from the Birdlife Australia website.
There are many good field guides on the market - available in hard copy and some as apps.
Here is a selection:
Australian Bird Guide by Rohan Clarke et al
Birds of Australia - A Photographic Guide by Sam Woods et al
Field Guide to Australian Birds by Michael Morcombe
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia by Ken Simpson & Nicolas Day
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia by Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight
The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds by Pat, Peter & Raoul Slater
Sites that may have interesting and informative articles about birds include:
Keep your ears “open” - you’ll be surprised how often you hear one or more birds calling, almost whenever you are outside.
Walk slowly and quietly so you do not scare them away.
Look up high, as well as at eye height and near the ground.
When you see or hear an interesting bird, stop, look and listen to learn more.
If you have binoculars, find the bird by keeping your eyes on it as you bring the binoculars to your eyes.
What size is it? (e.g. similar size to a Magpie? Willy wagtail? Brush Turkey?)
What are the main colours you see, and are they on the upperparts (head, back and wings) or underparts (between throat and undertail)?
Are there other markings on the body? (e.g. spots, barring, vertical stripes)
What shape is the beak? (long/ short, curved/ straight, hooked)
What is it doing? (resting, feeding, preening, calling)
What does its call or song sound like? (e.g. words, a tune, a musical instrument, machine)
How does it move? (walking/ hopping, gliding/ flapping, switching perches)
What feature is easiest to recognise/ remember? (tail, beak, colours, calls)
If other people are watching the bird, make sure that they can see it too.
Have fun and enjoy learning about birds!