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Tracking the Birds

Video Overview
In this segment the importance of being able to track the cranes at all times, the attaching of the tracking equipment to the birds and the procedures that are in place for locating a missing crane are discussed. >
Extension Activities

#803 Leg Bands and complete story
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/08/BandingCodes830.html

Signals from the Sky: About Those PTTs
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/PTTs.html

Radio Telemetry: Tracking the Cranes
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/TrackingCranes.html

Which Cranes Get PTTs?http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/WhoGetsPTT_Sara.html

Arrival Health Checks and Banding
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/sl/1HlthCk/0.html

Tracking and Retrieving: Help From Two-Way Radios and March Music
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/MarshMusic_Charlie.html

Alabama Course of Study
Alabama Course of Study Science Kindergarten #6 Compare size, shape, structure, and basic needs of living things. Identifying similarities of offspring and their parents #7 Classify objects using the five senses. 1st Grade #4 Describe survival traits of living things, including color, shape, size, texture, and covering. Describing a variety of habitats and natural homes of animals 2nd Grade #4 Describe observable effects of forces, including buoyancy, gravity, and magnetism #6 Identify characteristics of animals, including behavior, size, and body covering #10 Identify the impact of weather on agriculture, recreation, the economy, and society. Recognizing the importance of science and technology to weather predictions 3rd Grade #8 Identify how organisms are classified in the Animalia and Plantae kingdoms. #10 Determine habitat conditions that support plant growth and survival. 4th Grade #5 Describe the interdependence of plants and animals. Describing behaviors and body structures that help animals survive in particular Habitats #6 Classify animals as vertebrates or invertebrates and as endotherms or ectotherms. Describing the grouping of organisms into populations, communities, and ecosystems Classifying common organisms into kingdoms, including Animalia, Plantae, Protista, Fungi, Archaebacteria, and Eubacteria #7 Describe geological features of Earth, including bodies of water, beaches, oc 5th Grade #9 Describe the relationship of populations within a habitat to various communities and ecosystems. Describing the relationship between food chains and food webs 6th Grade #7 Describe Earth's biomes. Examples: aquatic biomes, grasslands, deserts, chaparrals, taigas, tundras Identifying geographic factors that cause diversity in flora and fauna, including elevation, location, and climate 7th Grade #7 Describe biotic and abiotic factors in the environment. Examples: - biotic-plants, animals; - abiotic-climate, water, soil Arranging the sequence of energy flow in an ecosystem through food webs, food chains, and energy pyramids Biology (9th 12th) #11 Classify animals according to type of skeletal structure, method of fertilization and reproduction, body symmetry, body coverings, and locomotion. #12 Describe protective adaptations of animals, including mimicry, camouflage, beak type, migration, and hibernation. #13 Trace the flow of energy as it decreases through the trophic levels from producers to the quaternary level in food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids. #14 Trace biogeochemical cycles through the environment, including water, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen. Relating natural disasters, climate changes, nonnative species, and human activity to the dynamic equilibrium of ecosystems Examples: - natural disasters-habitat destruction resulting from tornadoes; - climate changes-changes in migratory patterns of birds; - human activity-habitat destruction resulting in reduction of biodiversity, conservation resulting in preservation of biodiversity #15 Identify biomes based on environmental factors and native organisms. #16 Identify density-dependent and density-independent limiting factors that affect populations in an ecosystem. Examples: - density-dependent-disease, predator-prey relationships, availability of food and water; - density-independent-natural disasters, climate Discriminating among symbiotic relationships, including mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism Environmental Science (9th-12th) #7 Identify reasons coastal waters serve as an important resource. #8 Identify major contaminants in water resulting from natural phenomena, homes, industry, and agriculture. Describing the eutrophication of water by industrial effluents and agricultural runoffs Classifying sources of water pollution as point and nonpoint #12 Identify positive and negative effects of human activities on biodiversity. Identifying endangered and extinct species locally, regionally, and worldwide Identifying causes for species extinction locally, regionally, and worldwide Zoology (9th-12th) #7 Explain how species adapt to changing environments to enhance survival and reproductive success, including changes in structure, behavior, or physiology. Examples: aestivation, thicker fur, diurnal activity #8 Differentiate among organisms that are threatened, endangered, and extinct. Aquascience Elective (9th-12th) #1 Differentiate among freshwater, brackish water, and saltwater ecosystems. Identifying chemical, geological, and physical features of aquatic ecosystems Environmental Elective (9th-12th) Genetics Elective (9th-12th) Marine Biology Elective (9th-12th)
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  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
  • Monte L. Moorer Foundation
  • Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust
Web-Interactive Field Trips
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children's of Alabama
  • Publix
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting