Climate Change and Bird Migration


As we enter an era of unprecedented climate change, humans aren't the only organisms that must adjust. From trees, to coral, to mammals, to birds, every organism faces a similar challenge -- adapt or become unsuccessful in a rapidly changing climate. During this field trip, students will learn about the cause and effect of climate change and how local organisms are coping. During a live encounter with migratory raptors, we will dive into the life history of a variety of local migratory birds to better understand how changing trade winds, thermals, phenology, and temperature profoundly affects their overall success and survivorship.

Aligned Standards

MS-LS2-1, MS-ESS3-5, HS-ESS3-5, HS-LS4-2

Your Day at VINS

Your field trip includes an 80 minute guided program, including an introduction to the topic of Climate Change, an in-depth discussion and investigation on bird migration and suvivorship and a chance for students to reflect upon what they’ve learned. In addition to your guided lesson you will have the opportunity to experience a live bird presentation, visit our trails and exhibits, and enjoy lunch on our grounds.

Age Ranges

Grades 6-12; Adjustments can be made to fit the needs of the teacher.

Your Guide

All VINS educators have extensive experience in environmental education, the natural sciences, and science instruction. Every instructor works with a certified teacher in NH and VT to ensure their content and methods align with the Next Generation Science Standards and the best practices for outdoor education. All instructors are First Aid and CPR certified.


Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.