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Teaching Resources

Bird Extinctions in Recent Geologic Time

STEM Discipline

Ornithology

National Middle School Science Standards

Life ScienceEarth Science

Key Terms

ornithology, bird conservation, extinction, endangered species, island ecosystems, Holocene period

Key Concepts:

  • Human influences on bird populations
  • Ecology of birds and vulnerability to extinction
  • Impacts of human activities on ecology 
  • Conservation of endangered bird species
  • Technology used by ornithologists 

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

A drawing of a passenger pigeon in “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands” (1754). Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.A drawing of a passenger pigeon in “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands” (1754). Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)
The Recent Bird Extinctions teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations.

Life Science

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-1Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
Earth Science

MS-ESS3

Earth and Human Activity
  • MS-ESS3-4Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards
MS-LS2, MS-ESS3

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Dr. Helen James exploring a cave in Hawaii. She is crouched down in a small space with a miner’s helmet.
Helen James
Ornithologist and Curator of Birds
Ornithologist Dr. Carla Dove sitting and analyzing feathers under a microscope. Shelves and storage drawers are behind her.
Carla Dove
Ornithologist and Director of the Feather Identification Lab
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