Migration Unit – Curious Trails Nature Study

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Explore the extraordinary journeys of migrating animals! We’ll discover why animals migrate, how they prepare for their journey, and how they find their way. We’ll also discuss how human activities impact animal migration and what we can do to help our traveling animal friends.

Throughout each CURIOUS TRAILS NATURE STUDY you’ll find open-and-go topic study guides and lots of hands-on-activities ranging from S.T.E.M. projects, art invitations, nature journaling, cooking together, and more! This family-style unit is divided into 4 weekly nature lessons with activities that follow and ideas for our younger and older learners. Come together for our unit celebration to study nature poetry while enjoying Butterfly Cookies.

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What’s included in the Curious Trails Migration Unit Study:

LESSON ONE: WHY DO ANIMALS MIGRATE?
•Learn what makes migrations different than other animal movements.
•Discuss the three main reasons why animals migrate.
•Explore a few of the greatest migration journeys including those of wildebeests, dragonflies, and Christmas Island’s red crabs.
•Compare and map the journeys of the Arctic Tern, Monarch Butterfly, Porcupine Caribou Herd, and more!

LESSON TWO: PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY
•Discover the internal and external cues that signal an animal it’s time to migrate.
•Learn the different ways birds prepare for migration including hyperphagia, transforming organs, exercise, and molting.
•Track and graph changes in sunlight over the next few months.
•Follow our tips for birdwatching and keep an eye out for migration behaviors in your new Birds Nature Journal.

LESSON THREE: FINDING THEIR WAY
•Learn the different ways migration is studied including banding, tracking devices, and stable isotope analysis.
•Discover the strategies animals use to navigate including magnetic fields, star patterns, and more!
•Celebrate the amazing journeys of spawning salmon and create a special art project to celebrate them.
•Create your own mental map of a familiar route.
•Track Right Whale populations!

LESSON FOUR: NEW PATHS
•Discuss how our Human Footprint impacts animal migrations.
•Explore the challenges of skyscrapers, highways, city lights, and shipping routes pose to migrating animals and solutions.
•Learn simple things YOU can do to help our migrating friends.
•Complete the Highway Bridge Pass STEM Challenge.

UNIT CELEBRATION
Discover nature poetry while enjoying your Butterfly Cookies.

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