Brooklyn Generation School Collaborates with Lenoir University to Track the Egret and Learn about Migration
Jan Dolle and Jacline Bantegui, two science teachers at Brooklyn Generation School (BGS), and Dr. John Brzorad, a professor at Lenoir University in North Carolina, are collaborating so that students in New York can track the migration of the Egret.
Professor Brzorad will be in New York this spring to map the birds nesting grounds in Jamaica bay and on Staten Island. He will work with the teachers to develop an Intensive Course for some of next year's incoming ninth grade students, and components of the Living Environment course that's common for all ninth graders. Students might then be able to continue their focus on the birds and ecosystem in Studio courses throughout the year.
While the project includes curriculum on the tracking of individual birds, it also facilitates learning around how populations migrate across oceans and continents. The project is hands-on incorporating the use of technology and field studies in local ecosystems. Hopefully, students will be able to assist in the trapping of the birds, where the scientists safely install a device to track its movement using Movebank, an animal tracking app.
This is a great opportunity for creativity in instruction that helps students connect the classroom to the world!
And many thanks to GSN board member, Fred Spar, for sharing his passion, believing in our students, making the introductions, and for making this opportunity possible!