"I liked that we used actual data cause it felt more authentic!"

The Messenger Trailer

Day 4 – Graphing Population and Productivity data from Wascana Marsh
ES20-TE2 Recognize the need for intact habitat to support animal populations 

This brand new, breath taking documentary highlights the major population declines being observed in many songbird species across North America.  It highlights many of the challenges facing birds including window kills, habitat loss due to industry, and pesticide use.  It links the various aspects of what students have been learning in the previous lessons into a sobering story.

This documentary has been produced under the title “The Messenger”.  Here is a link to their website for more information.  www.songbirdsos.com

Songbird SOS is a special segment taken from The Messenger, for the Nature of Things.  Have a glance at the 3 minute trailer I have posted here to see the quality of this stunning documentary.

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Day 5 – Interpret banding data from Wascana Marsh
ES20-TE2 Recognize the need for intact habitat to support animal populations 

"I really liked looking at the data and making a graph for it"

Summative Assessment - Bring it all together

Day 2 – Do all birds use the same habitat in the same way?

​​ES20-TE1 Examine the role plants play in an ecosystem, including ways in which humans use plants. 

Background Information

In 2010, the Wascana MAPS station was established in the Habitat Conservation Area, within Wascana Centre, in Regina.  As the Bander in Charge of the  station, I have found it fascinating to learn so much about the birds that call Wascana Marsh home in this urban environment.  I have always enjoyed sharing what we have learned with others.

I have developed these lesson plans to allow students the opportunity to learn more about Wascana Marsh's birds and analyse real data that has been collected at the station since 2010.  As long as the project continues, I will update the data so that each year you and your students can observe current population trends of some of the species we are monitoring.

 I would like to thank all of the volunteers who have assisted me during the last six years to make the Wascana MAPS station function, particularly Bob Ewart, Matt Tokaruk & Kristen Martin.  I would also like to thanks Wascana Centre Authority and Friends of Wascana Marsh for their long term support of this program.  Lastly I would like to thank James Villeneuve for his amazing dedication in putting together a fantastic video to show students what we do at Wascana MAPS!  

If you have questions or ideas on how to improve this material, I would love to hear from you.  I would also love to hear how your students found learning about the Wascana MAPS program. 

Jared Clarke - Bander In Charge
clarkejared@hotmail.com
@jaredclarke5 (twitter)

Student comments from piloting the lessons with an Environmental Science class at Greenal High School.

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Wascana MAPS Stickers

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS

Suggestions for deliver
Break students into groups of 2-4 depending on skill level of students and familiarity with making graphs. 
You may want to have the students hand in the graphs at the end of the class, so that groups can have the full 8 graphs to work with the following class if a student is away.

Teachers send me a note and I can email you complete answer keys to the various activities.

Day 7 –  Songbird SOS
ES20-TE2 Recognize the need for intact habitat to support animal populations 

If you or your students have any follow up or extension questions, send me a note here or on twitter.  

Day 3 – Visiting the Wascana MAPS station

​​ES20-TE1 Examine the role plants play in an ecosystem, including ways in which humans use plants. 

"Today's lesson was really cool! We were able to learn so much, even though we stayed in the classroom!"

Student Feedback

Day 6 – Boreal Birds Need Half: A current case study
ES20-TE2 Recognize the need for intact habitat to support animal populations 

Wascana Monitoring Avian Productivity & Survivorship (MAPS) Station in Wascana Marsh

Lesson Plans for the new Saskatchewan Environmental Science 20 Curriculum


Let students explore real data collected in Wascana Marsh from an ongoing population study!

Day 1 – Putting it into context: Getting to know the Wascana MAPS station, the MAPS program and bird banding.