YES Club presents:

Aeroecology

Learn about all things that fly, flutter, and float in Earth’s atmosphere in this exciting semester.

YES Club Takes Flight

Aeroecology is the study of the birds, bugs, dirt particles,and other airborne things that depend on each other and live together in the atmosphere above Earth’s Surface. This semester develops students into responsible stewards of the air, learning to balance human needs and the impact of our actions on the atmosphere. YES Clubs begin the semester by learning about the obstacles facing migrating birds. They then have the opportunity to participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count. Students use birds as the integrating context for learning this semester because migratory birds interact with all aspects of Aeroecology: the wind, weather, and the climate and air quality that controls their changing food sources.  Students examine each of these concepts in turn, building kites to study the wind and observing cloud types.  and even using wind turbines of their own to explore turbine placement and variables in wind farm location.

Activities

  • Challenges of Migrating Birds
  • Build a Kite
  • Wind Study
  • Raise Ladybugs
  • Study Microclimets
  • Wind Energy Lab
  • Bird Beak Adaptations
  • Big Backyard Bird County
  • Bird ID Hike
  • Birds of Prey

Learning Outcomes

  • By studying birds, humans can learn about weather and climate changes.
  • Develop awareness of issues facing birds, bugs, and air quality in Colorado
  • Become better stewards of natural resources as they learn how human choices affect the world around them.
  • Enrich their capacity for systems thinking — understanding the connections between and among components of any type of system.
  • Deepen their knowledge about the biotic and abiotic components the ecosystems.
  • Practice critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Take action in their own community and present their work.

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