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Illinois State Bird: The Northern Cardinal – Info and Student Project!

Illinois was the first of seven states to select the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) as its State Bird. The cardinal was chosen in 1929 when Illinois schoolchildren voted for the State Bird. The other candidates were the bluebird, meadowlark, bobwhite (quail) and oriole. The cardinal is also the State Bird of Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

Northern Cardinal males grow vibrant crimson red feathers, while the females’ feathers take on a reddish-brown or gold hue. The males of this species of bird grow to a little larger than females, but not much. Otherwise, the two genders of the bird resemble each other physically. The female bird’s chest and upper area appear yellow and streaked with grey, but their stomach areas appear white or light grey. Typically, these birds have a black bill featuring a brown shade at the base.

From head to tail, the Northern Cardinal of Illinois measures 7.9 to 9.3 inches in length with a wingspan ranging from 9.8 to 12.2 inches. These birds don’t weigh much either, only 1.19 ounces to 2.29 ounces!

Looking for a FUN PROJECT-BASED idea for students to use to record all this information and more? My Teaching Library offers…

Illinois State Bird Project: Northern Cardinal

This project-based unit is designed to help students study and record information about Illinois’s state bird – the Northern Cardinal!

Included:
– A map page (for the state)
– Scientific classification page
– A page for students to give details about the bird’s physical description, habitat, diet, life span and reproduction
– A page where students will do additional map work to show where in the U.S. the bird lives in addition to migration information
– Coloring page
– Several pages on which students can use for expository and/or creative writing as well as sections in which students may draw.

14 pages in all and is designed for different levels / abilities.

Want to learn MORE about the Northern Cardinal? Check out the article: Let’s Study the Northern Cardinal! on My Teaching Library!


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Let’s Study the Great Gray Owl!

Photo by Lynda Ackert (All Rights Reserved)

This tall gray owl, patterned with brown and white mottling, streaks, and barring, sports a large facial disk and yellow eyes. As with all owls, its eyes are immobile, aimed instead by extremely flexible head movements. It lacks ear tufts, and its chin and the space between its eyes (lores) bear prominent white patches. Though taller and appearing larger than the great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) due to its fluffy plumage, it actually weighs less. Its slow, easy flight is described as heron-like.

Photo by Lynda Ackert (All Rights Reserved)
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Strigiformes
Family:Strigidae
Genus:Strix
Species:S. nebulosa

Habitat and Distribution

Most great gray owls nest in the dense northern boreal forests across North America and Eurasia. The southernmost edge of their range, however, dips down through the Cascades and Klamath Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, into the Sierra Nevada of California and includes the northern Rocky Mountains. Scarce winter food sometimes drives them even further south. They need mature forest habitat with openings that sustain their primary prey: small rodents. In the Pacific Northwest, pine, oak/madrone, Douglas-fir and other forest types bordering bogs, fields, or meadows are suitable.

Diet and Foraging

Great gray owls primarily hunt at night or at dawn and dusk, though they are capable daytime foragers. Voles (Microtus spp.) comprise almost 90% of their diet. Low vole populations, in fact, can significantly lower owl reproduction and trigger mass owl movements south (irruptions) in search of food for the winter. Equipped with powerful hearing, thanks to offset ear openings and a large facial disk, the owls hunt from low perches on the edge of openings. Like most owls, special structures on their feathers—a comb-like filter on the front of flight feathers and a velvety layer across the surface—make their flight almost soundless. They can hear small rodents deep under the snow. (Continue reading)

For Students: Great Gray Owl | Notebooking Report Pages

This Great Gray Owl resource includes ten pages perfect for any student creating a report or project on this bird! There are nine pages that can be used to record findings such as its scientific classification, range, habitat, diet and much more. The last page includes a full black and white illustration so that students can create a colorful picture of this magnificent owl.


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Studying the U.S.A?

Are you currently teaching students about the U.S. 50 States? Are you looking to begin a social studies or geography study on the our 50 nifty states? If so, you’ll want to add this resource to your plans!

This is an interactive, student centered resource which will allow students to research, report and gain valuable geography and history knowledge about the great United States! Using this resources, students can produce beautiful projects about one, two, ten or all fifty states!

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It includes:

  • How to use (General directions)
  • Teacher pages – Planning/Assignment pages, evaluation rubric, supply list
  • Student pages – Organizational pages (cover page, table of contents, k-w-l)
  • State outlines
  • U.S. maps (complete, regional, topographical, color and black/white, Mississippi river system
  • Informational resources (capitals, state birds, flowers, animals and date of statehood)
  • State capital bookmarks
  • Student project templates
    – Venn Diagram
    – Untitled report pages (with and without illustrations and/or maps)
    – Title report pages: Symbols of the U.S.A, State Symbols, State Motto, Capitals, trees, birds, flowers, State flag and seal, , timelines

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Studying the U.S.A?

Are you currently teaching students about the U.S. 50 States? Are you looking to begin a social studies or geography study on the our 50 nifty states? If so, you’ll want to add this resource to your plans!

This is an interactive, student centered resource which will allow students to research, report and gain valuable geography and history knowledge about the great United States! Using this resources, students can produce beautiful projects about one, two, ten or all fifty states!

SEE A FLIPBOOK PREVIEW HERE

It includes:

  • How to use (General directions)
  • Teacher pages – Planning/Assignment pages, evaluation rubric, supply list
  • Student pages – Organizational pages (cover page, table of contents, k-w-l)
  • State outlines
  • U.S. maps (complete, regional, topographical, color and black/white, Mississippi river system
  • Informational resources (capitals, state birds, flowers, animals and date of statehood)
  • State capital bookmarks
  • Student project templates
    – Venn Diagram
    – Untitled report pages (with and without illustrations and/or maps)
    – Title report pages: Symbols of the U.S.A, State Symbols, State Motto, Capitals, trees, birds, flowers, State flag and seal, , timelines

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