You may have noticed that several of the endangered animals mentioned in the resources you explored were birds—for example, the California condor and the sandhill crane.
Watch this slideshow to learn more about our country's threatened and endangered birds.
Go over the reasons presented in the video for birds' decline. Invite your students to talk about their experiences with birds—perhaps seeing nests, watching birds affected by oil spills on television, or putting up birdfeeders at home.
- What does it mean for an animal to be extinct, endangered or threatened?
- Why are some animals endangered?
- What can humans do to protect endangered species?
Did You Know?
Did you know that an increase or decrease in bird populations can reflect the health of our environment? Read this article to learn about what bird populations can tell us about the conditions on Earth.