The Lab's reputation as a world center for science, conservation, outreach and outside-of-the-box thinking is overwhelming for a young scientist like myself- and going there to meet some of the team was an inspiring experience. Below are a few of the amazing projects that the Lab runs which I think are worth sharing:
'Bird Sleuth' is a program for K-12 students that gives both students and teachers the resources needed to integrate bird-related research into the school curriculum. Students are encouraged to get outside and use their powers of observation and exploration to shape and answer questions about birds. In addition to teaching kids about biology, animal behavior and ecology. In doing this, they put the scientific method to use to answer questions that they are interested in. This experiential learning can be an incredibly powerful tool to teach critical thinking and creativity. Students also learn to appreciate and understand science, and to learn about conservation in their region. The annual publication of individual and group projects about birds conducted by students is brilliant (and their artwork is great!)- I highly suggest giving it a read.
The lab has an extensive series of teaching resources for the Physics of Animal Behavior, further reaffirming my belief that birds are a great mechanism for learning about a lot of different topics in science. Physics would have been much more interesting to me in High School if we'd learned about it in the context of animal movements.