U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|California Coastal National Monument|
How to Play Seabird Olympics
2) How many bird species are found in California?
3) How many seabird species are found in California?
4) How can so many different seabirds live in one location, such as California's coastline?
Ask the kids if they know what the word ADAPTATION means? If they don't know, give them the following definition, "behaviors or body parts a bird has to help it survive in a certain environment." Give them some examples but make them tell you (i.e. seabirds have webbed feet for... living in water, black oystercatchers have strong, long bills for... eating shellfish).
Today we are going to play a game called Seabird Olympics. This game will teach you about some of the different adaptations seabirds have to help them survive in different places. By the end of this activity you will:
Know what an adaptation is
Start going through each station giving some facts about the birds on the worksheet. Make sure to emphasize that these are "adaptations" that are helpful to these birds:
1) Brown pelicans have large warm feet so they can stand on their eggs to incubate them.
Once you have gone through all the activities, do a brief wrap-up session. Review the stations by asking students to name some different adaptations that they learned. (i.e. What is an adaptation for a bird the needs to catch fish underwater? What is an adaptation for a birds that needs to drink seawater? What is an adaptation for a bird that flies for long distances?)