Birds of Prey: Flying with Nature’s Top Guns

Free

Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conference: Meet some of the most highly adapted predators on planet earth. Birds of Prey are a perfect example of how specialising in a certain method of hunting and focusing on certain prey species can ensure that these different types of predatory bird are not in direct competition with each other.  So what makes a Kestrel such a highly evolved and deadly predator of large insects and rodents? How does a Peregrine Falcon reach speeds that exceed those of Grand Prix racing cars?  How is an Owl able to tackle a mouse in complete darkness? You will meet a cross section of our beautiful raptors and marvel at their adaptations and ‘weaponry’ live in front of the camera for this exclusive video conferencing opportunity. Join our presenter Martin from Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary for a ‘bird’s eye’ look.

Year Level: 5-6

Duration: 1 hour

STEM in a Box:  No

Background Information:

Birds of prey or raptors include species of bird that primarily hunt and feed on vertebrates that are large relative to the hunter. Additionally, they have keen eyesight for detecting food at a distance or during flight, strong feet equipped with talons for grasping or killing prey, and powerful, curved beaks for tearing flesh.

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge required

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Learn about some of Australia’s birds of prey
  • Learn about the adaptations of these birds and how these adaptations help them to survive
  • Learn about the threats from human activity to raptor populations

Activities

In this program students will:

  • Listen to an expert raptor handler who will demonstrate how these birds fly and catch their prey.
  • Be given ample opportunity to ask questions.

Victorian Curriculum

Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

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Birds of Prey September 10th  11 am

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Birds of Prey September 10th 2 pm

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October 29th 11 am

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October 29th 2 pm

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