Bird Migration

There are three videos to choose from to learn about bird migration.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids, and the third is a really cool, close up look at migration! Feel free to watch one, or all three!

You’ll see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities or a project.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects located at the end of this learning block!

Take A Deeper Dive!

How Do Birds Know Where They’re Going?

Learn About Specific Bird Species Migrations


Map Migration Patterns

Look at this map of migratory bird routes from Create your own map by printing this blank map from and drawing the routes. Pay close attention to where you live. Are birds migrating near your home? 

Add your map to your portfolio.

Make a Poster

Make a poster that portrays something you have learned about migrating birds. You can watch the video for ideas or come up with something completely unique. Pick one bird or include all your favorites. What is the most interesting thing about bird migration to you? Share it on your poster! 

Add your poster or an image of it to your portfolio.

Create A Page for Your Science Notebook

Scientific Drawing:

Add a migration map or drawings of birds you have learned about.


Pay attention to any new vocabulary you encounter in this lesson. Write down the new words and their definitions.


Record any questions you have that remain unanswered. Take the time to research further and find the answers. Record those in your notebook.


Write, or create a video recording, summarizing what you learned.

Keep your science notebook page for your portfolio


Research A Migrating Bird

Pick one bird you have learned about in this block or any migrating bird you would like to learn more about. Find out more by researching online or in books. Use this note taking sheet from to record all the important information about your bird and its migration. 

Add your report to your portfolio.

Advanced Projects

Choose at least one.

Tracking Bird Migration

Scientists track migrating birds. Watch these videos to learn how. Now track the birds near you with this tracker sheet. Identify at least one bird near your home that migrates. Write a summary of what you learned about this bird, what impact it has on your local community, and what impact your community has on the bird.

Add your summary to your portfolio.

Human Impact on Bird Migration

Humans are impacting bird migration. How can you help?  Create a 3-5 minute video introducing your idea and encouraging others to join you in your campaign. Things you might decide to do:

  • Write your legislator about environmental issues in your community that impact migration
  • Raise money for organizations studying bird migration
  • Volunteer time or skills to track migration in your community
  • Raise awareness about the migrating birds in your community
  • Support existing organizations who study the human impact on bird migration
  • Organize a local event to educate your community on bird species and migration in your area
  • Organize an online event to educate your community on how to be a haven for migrating bird species

Include a summary of your project in your portfolio. Be sure to include any written or video content you created as well as a description of the project and your motivation.

Create a Piece of Art

Watch the video below to hear how one artist connects with migratory birds through art. Then create your own piece of art. Paint, draw, photograph, sculpt, or use any medium that inspires you. What moved you as you learned about bird migration? 

When creating your piece think about:

  • The who, what, when, where, and why of your subject
  • The emotion you want to convey
  • The use of colour to convey emotion as well as theme
  • The style of your piece and what message that sends as well
  • Write a short artistic brief explaining your subject and your choices

Include a description of your art and photos in your portfolio.


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