Lesson Seven: Finding Food in the Forest
–Foraging Strategies of NH Songbirds
Skill level: Average
Classes appropriate for:
Middle School Math
About 80 species of birds breed in the forests of the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in Woodstock, New Hampshire. Breeding involves the building of nests, mating, laying of eggs, and caring for young; it requires a lot of energy. Where do these breeding birds most efficiently find the food needed to survive and raise their young? Why do some of these birds migrate to the Neotropics while others stay put? This lesson allows students to answer these questions by providing them with data from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and asking them to perform calculations with decimals and percentages based on these data.