Hudson River Park’s STEM Activity of the Week offers free online resources for students and families to learn about the Hudson River. With many learning opportunities moving to online and virtual platforms, we have started this series to share a hands-on activity that is a fun and engaging way to connect with the Hudson River.
Check back weekly for new lessons focused on Hudson River ecology, Park research and sustainability, and be sure to check out our previous activities.
STEM Activity of the Week:
Bird Watch iNaturalist Lesson
Hudson River Park provides important habitat to a wide variety of local and migrating bird species. Some of the bird species you can spot in the Park include Canada geese, red-tailed hawks, rock doves, mallard ducks, northern flicker woodpeckers and song sparrows, just to name a few. There are over 100 species of birds that fly through the park every year, so it is a big job trying to keep track of them all and in this lesson, we’re asking for your help! In this experiment, students will observe bird species from their backyard or the Park. Using the free iNaturalist application, students will report their observations by taking photos or recording a sound and then uploading their observations to the app!
Theme: Birds, Adaptation, Habitat
Prep Time: None
Activity Time: Varies
Previous STEM Activities
Hudson River Park provides important habitat to over 100 species of birds that fly through the Park every year!
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Now that we’re familiar with our fish ecology survey, it is time for you to take on the role of a Hudson River Park scientist once again!
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This lesson explores plastic’s impacts on Hudson River wildlife and food web.
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