Do Your Robins Go for the Winter?
Banding Data from Your Region)
the banding data
you gathered and respond to these questions:
Do the robins
from your region all go to the same place?
- How large
is the region where robins from your state/province have been found
in the wintertime? (Mark all locations on a map and measure the area.)
- How does
the winter climate of that region compare with yours? (You'll find maps
on the National Weather Service's U.S.
Climate Prediction Center site.)
- How many
miles did each robin travel?
- What is
the average distance a robin from your region might migrate?
- Name the
other states/provinces whose robins might spend the winter with your
robin in your state/province lived the longest after being banded?
drawing conclusions, scientists always look at the methods of data collection.
Can you identify any biases this method may have on the results?
data were collected in the 1930s-1960s. How might this affect the conclusions
you draw from the data?
might robins that spend the winter in Alabama or Georgia go to nest
in the summer? (See Lesson: "Whose Robins Might
a scientific paper based explaining what you discovered by analyzing
the data. (Link to Lesson: "Scientist
Use this online mapping server to map where one of your robins was found.
Mark the location with a stickpin:
Science Education Standards
- Use data
to conduct a reasonable explanation.
investigations and explanations.
use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they
are trying to answer.
- Use math
in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
- The behavior
of individual organisms is influenced by internal cues (such as hunger)
and by external cues (such as a change in the environment).
- How to
use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies
to acquire, process, and report information.