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John Muir: explore birds

Subject area: Sciences

Experiences and outcomes: SCN 3-01a

The aim of this lesson is to identify birdlife today and then compare your findings to the birdlife John Muir would have experienced when he lived in Dunbar, Scotland from the year 1838 to 1849.

Before you begin, ask your class to look through the John Muir graphic novel and read the section that describes John exploring nature in the first section of the book, The Wild Boy of Dunbar, up to page 23.

Explain to your class that history tells us that John Muir could identify up to 71 birds from their song, nest or egg.

Now print copies of the Explore Birds worksheet so your class can complete this activity.

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Useful resources

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds(this will open in a new window) provides more ideas and activities to use with this section of the John Muir story. This site includes links to wildlife explorer clubs as well as other educational resources.

The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust(this will open in a new window) has a great website with a section on different bird species.