To continue this week’s seabird theme, I facilitated two different activities with the youth program students focusing on migration and feathers.
The first activity, involving feathers and what happens to a bird’s feathers in an oil spill, can be found here.
Keys to this activity are to allow students time to observe their feather, think about the behavior of seabirds, and ponder how an oil spill might affect a seabird. Though this activity requires materials such as vegetable oil, dish soap, and feathers it clearly demonstrates how feathers function and are negatively affected by oil. Additionally, because the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico occurred only three years ago, many students still remember and can relate to this tragedy.