February 1, 2008 ~ Migration Project

In Chapter 13 we learned about migration. Although, animals such as deer, fish and turtles migrate, migrating birds travel long distances each year. For example, the Arctic Tern migrates 11,000 miles (17,600 kilometers) one way from the Arctic Circle in the north to Antartica in the south. As we discuessed, migration is a mystery -- the reasons are complex and not fully understood. But a simple explanation is for a warmer climate, food and a safe place to breed and nest. Birds that migrate use the same route every year and Biologists believe they use stars and the Sun as guides. They speculate that the Manx Sherwater in the 1953 experiment used the stars and Sun as guides. Continue to think of what else beside the stars and Sun the Sherwater Manx could have used to get home over 3,000 miles it had never traveled before.

Research a migrating bird and answer the questions below.

1. What bird are you researching?
2. Why did you chose this particular bird?
3. Explain the route of this particular bird's migration.
4. What time of year does this bird migrate?
5. How many miles/kilometers does it fly each year?
6. How long does it take this bird to migrate?
7. Why is it advantageous for this bird to migrate?
8. What are the perils of migration?
9. Does this bird migrate with its own gender, age or simply with its own species?
10. Attach two photos of your bird.