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Nature's Aviators

Heron
Picture by:   R. Mosley Apollo Beach, Fl

Flight has intrigued and fascinated mankind since prehistoric times.  Ancient humans watched the ancestors of the modern bird and were both puzzled and envious.  It was, perhaps, this envy that eventually led to current advances in flight.  Birds have decreased to approximately 9,000 species from that ancient time, but are still watched and studied intently by both scientists and the ordinary man.  To watch an eagle soaring majestically over a mountain, an ostrich racing across the African plain, or a penguin diving for food in icy waters of the Antarctic is as fascinating now as ever.

Man has learned much about how and why birds behave as they do.   Teachers have the opportunity to relay this knowledge to students in a variety of interesting ways.  This website focuses on what could be referred to as the three F's - flight, food, feathers.  Continuing pages contain needed background information for the teachers, a sample lesson plan for teaching a lesson which will correlate with the Arkansas Science Curriculum Frameworks, a bird album, and facts to aid both students and teachers.

Copyright 1999 by Leah Arnold
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