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Like I mentioned early in the week, Shark Supporters Week is about helping students and staff learn about sharks and begin to appreciate them as key players in the marine ecosystem. Find some great lessons to educate about sharks at the links below:
Remember to introduce science facts about sharks into the lessons so we can all view sharks as the beautiful, skilled predators that they are and not just ruthless man-eaters. Sharks are always an interesting marine biology topic that excites kids and adults, so make sure to help others learn more than just what the media advertises about these special sea creatures.
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.