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Graduation Date

Spring 5-4-2019

Document Type

Portfolio

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

School or Department

Environmental Studies

Abstract

The theme of my portfolio is conservation education, using birds as an example of how to connect people of all ages to their natural environment. Birds were chosen as an example because of a personal curiosity for the animal, and because they are an accessible and tangible element of nature for all people, urban and rural. The first component is a Curriculum Development Guide created for the Wings Over Water program of the Montana Natural History Center. It synthesizes scientific research on Ospreys, relates central themes of the literature to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and provides inventive activity ideas that could be implemented in middle school lesson plans. The second component is a self-guided tour box created for the PEAS Farm that includes information on various bird species I found on the farm during self-conducted bird surveys. The third component is a proposal for the University Center to install bird friendly technology to mitigate wildlife-human conflict and, through the ASUM Sustainability Center, to educate the campus community on the importance of that technology.

Keywords

Birds, Conservation Education, Environment

Subject Categories

Biodiversity | Education | Environmental Studies

Conservation Education: Using Birds to Connect Communities to their Natural Environment

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