Sunday, March 25, 2012

Live Web Cam Bald Eagle Nest

I wanted to share this Amazing site with you!
My son's class in school is watching the Eagle's Nest
in Decorah, Iowa Complete with THREE Eggs Ready to Hatch 
This Week 3/25/12!

This is not only Amazing and Precious, 
but highly Educational and just plain Cool.

I have had it on all morning and the background sounds are soothing  :o)

Utilize this video as a springboard to integrate other subjects
and set up a Bald Eagle Activity Center!

Here are some starters. 
Please post more links and activities to share with our community in the comments section. 

For the Coloring Pages I included the links to get them full size.

Integrate Multiculturalism:

+ Many more Eagle coloring pages at this site!


Bald Eagle

BackgroundThe bald eagle is best known as the national emblem of the United States of America. It was chosen for this honor in 1782 by the Second Continental Congress because the species is unique to North America. However, the bald eagle went from being common in the early 1700s to extremely rare in the lower 48 states by the 1960s. This precipitous decline was due to loss of habitat and nesting trees, food contamination by pesticides, and illegal shooting. Contamination of food by the organochlorine pesticide DDT is widely accepted as a major reason why populations of eagles, along with many other raptor species, declined in the mid-20th century. DDT accumulated in the food chain and, when contaminated food was ingested by eagles, it caused them to lay eggs with weakened shells that cracked when the birds incubated their eggs. Eagle populations across the country were decimated. General use of DDT was banned in the United States in 1972.
The bald eagle was first declared an endangered species with the passage of the federal Endangered Species Act in 1973. Populations eventually began to recover due to the ban on DDT use, successful reintroduction programs of fostered chicks and fledglings, and habitat and nest protection measures. In 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reclassified the bald eagle from endangered to threatened in the lower 48 states. Populations continued to recover enough that, in 2007, the bald eagle was officially removed from the federal Endangered Species List. However, bald eagles are still protected on the federal level by the Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
The bald eagle was no longer a nesting species (extirpated) in Connecticut by the 1950s. When Connecticut's first official Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species List was passed in 1992, the bald eagle was classified as an endangered species. That same year, the state documented its first successful nesting of bald eagles since the 1950s when a pair raised 2 young in Litchfield County. Leg bands revealed that the nesting pair came from a reintroduction project in Massachusetts sponsored by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Five years later, a second pair of bald eagles successfully nested in Connecticut. The nesting population has increased gradually and, in 2010, 18 pairs of bald eagles made nesting attempts in the state. Nesting attempts or territorial pairs have been documented in 6 of the state’s 8 counties. Due to the increase in nesting pairs in recent years, the bald eagle's status in Connecticut was reclassified as threatened in 2010.
Wintering eagles come to Connecticut looking for open water in which to feed when the land and waters in Maine and Canada are frozen. If harsh weather in Connecticut causes any open water to freeze over as well, the eagles continue to migrate farther south. Up to 100 eagles winter in Connecticut, from December to early March, along major rivers and at large reservoirs. The number of wintering eagles has been increasing slowly, depending on the severity of each winter. With the increase in nesting and wintering eagles in Connecticut, there is still a challenge to reconcile human recreation and shoreline development, which decrease suitable habitat, with the specific needs of this state threatened species.
The bald eagle nests from Alaska and Newfoundland south to Baja California, the Gulf Coast and Florida. The greatest concentrations of wintering bald eagles are found from November to March in the western and midwestern United States. Smaller concentrations of wintering eagles are also found in New England during this same time period.
Adult bald eagles have a snow-white head and tail, and a brownish-black body. The bill, eyes, and feet are yellow. Immature eagles are uniformly grayish-brown. The distinctive adult plumage is attained at 4 to 5 years of age. Bald eagles are about 34 to 43 inches long, can weigh 8 to 14 pounds, and have a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet. The sexes are similar in appearance, although the females are larger. Bald eagles have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years, and longer in captivity.
Young bald eagles are often confused with golden eagles; however, they are grayer than the darker golden eagle, and the bill is much heavier.
Habitat and Diet
Natural year-round habitat of bald eagles includes lakes, marshes, rivers, or seacoasts, where there are tall trees nearby for nesting and roosting and plenty of fish for eating.
Although bald eagles feed primarily on fish, they also are opportunistic predators and scavengers that will eat anything that can be caught easily or scavenged, such as waterfowl, small and large mammals, and livestock carrion. In addition, they have a reputation of being thieves, robbing other raptors or gulls of their catch.
Eagles kill prey by grasping it with their strong feet and sharp talons. They can carry their prey in flight but are unable to carry much more than 4 pounds. An eagle’s beak is used solely for tearing flesh.
Life History
Bald eagles reach sexual maturity at 4 to 6 years of age. The breeding season in Connecticut begins in January, and most pairs lay their eggs in February and March. Bald eagles return to the same nesting areas year after year and often breed with the same mate. If something happens to either the male or female, the surviving bird will find a new mate. The nest, which sometimes measures 7 to 8 feet across, is a flat-topped mass of sticks, with a lining of fine vegetation such as rushes, mosses, or grasses. It is built in trees, 10 to 150 feet above ground. There are usually 1 to 3 (average 2) dull, white eggs in a clutch. Both the male and female incubate the eggs and feed the young. The eggs are incubated for about 35 days, and the chicks usually fledge (reach flying stage) in 12 weeks.
Interesting Facts
The flight speed of a bald eagle ranges between 36 and 44 miles per hour.
At night, wintering eagles often congregate at communal roost trees; in some cases, they travel 12 or more miles from a feeding area to a roost site. Roosts are often used for several years. Many roosts are protected from the wind by vegetation or terrain, providing a favorable thermal environment. Use of these protected sites helps minimize energy stress. In addition, communal roosting may aid the birds in their search for food.
Despite their large size, eagles are easily disturbed by unpredictable human activity, making delineated protection zones necessary around areas of high eagle use, particularly nest sites and winter roosts. Disturbance at nest sites may cause the birds to abandon their nest, even if there are eggs or young in the nest. Because winter is a stressful time for eagles, it is important that preferred winter feeding areas be protected. If the birds are frequently disturbed from feeding and forced to travel to a different area for food, their lives may be threatened. Adult eagles are more easily disturbed than juveniles.
How You Can Help
Winter is a difficult time for any wildlife species, including bald eagles. Food is harder to find and cold temperatures cause energy stress. If you see one or more eagles feeding or roosting, leave them alone and observe them from a distance.
It is also important to stay away from nesting areas to avoid disturbing the birds. Several Connecticut bald eagle nests are located on private property where there is no public access. Respect posted areas and do not trespass on private property to view eagles.
The Wildlife Division participates in a midwinter eagle survey in January for the United States Geological Survey; volunteers are always welcome to help in this effort.
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The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of American, 
because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, 
and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.

   On the backs of our gold coins, the silver dollar, 
the half dollar and the quarter, we see an eagle with outspread wings. 
   On the Great Seal of the United States and in many places which are 
exponents of our nation's authority we see the same emblem.
   The eagle represents freedom. Living as he does on the tops of lofty mountains, 
amid the solitary grandeur of Nature, he has unlimited freedom, 
whether with strong pinions he sweeps into the valleys below, 
or upward into the boundless spaces beyond. 

*Please post more links, lesson plans, crafts and activities to share with our community 
        in the comments section. THANKS!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Worldwide Education Giveaway Math Blaster Computer Game 1 year Subscription Ends 3/31/2012

Math Blaster- the best way to practice math!

Math Blaster
  Math Blaster, created by Knowledge Adventure, is a browser-based virtual world full of adventure, aliens, mutts, and math! There are many places to explore once you launch the math game, most of which function similarly to arcade games. Blasters can build their math skills by visiting the Academy and the Job Board, and there are other fun games in the Space Port, as well. In our newest area, the Monster Mutt Rescue Dome, Blasters can adopt and raise their very own alien pet!  

The Review by Mom Does Reviews:

My son loves computer games, virtual worlds and video games. I was very excited to get a subscription to Math Blaster from Knowledge Adventure. My son was a big Jump Start fan for years. Just recently, we cut out all of his online game subscriptions. When I learned about Math Blaster, I knew he would love it. His first reaction was that it was for babies. He grew up on Knowledge Adventure Jump Start programs, )I can remember him doing Jump Start Kindergarten like it was yesterday!) Now that he is in third grade, he likes to play the "cool" games like the ones on Cartoon Network or Addicting Games. I convinced him to try Math Blaster and he quickly changed his mind! Math Blaster is cool, fun, exciting and definitely not for babies. He was able to create a character, adopt a larvae, (which will grown into a mutt) and play all kinds of games. In less than 10 minutes, he was hooked! His favorite game is Red Alert. RedAlert is an emergency alarm calling all Blasters to help protect the station from rapidly-approaching space debris and enemy forces trying to make their way onto the spaceship. When the emergency alarm goes off, players guide their Blasters to one of the three Red Alert portals to play a fun blasting game. They can utilize their Math Blaster training by blasting meteors and asteroids to keep the space station out of harms way. HyperBlast Training was another of his favorite games. Blasters race through a high-speed tunnel packed with alien robots, razor sharp obstacles and mind-bending math! He had to answer multiplication questions in order to get through the tunnel. He loved the action and graphics. As a parent, I love having technology that makes learning fun! My son has used a computer since he could hold the mouse. Interacting with any computer games is a natural learning environment for him. Math Blaster is a hit in my opinion. Math Blaster makes learning multiplication easier. My son is learning multiplication in school right now and needs to be able to answer all the problems in under 1 minute. The HyperBlast training is perfect for learning multiplication facts and learning them fast! The Math Blaster blog has a lot of extra information for parents and announcements of new additions to the game. Be sure to check out the the Game Guide to learn more about all the games offered on Math Blaster. Mom Does Reviews highly recommends Math Blaster for kids ages 5 to 10. Find out how you can get your child a membership below.

The Giveaway:

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

World Read Aloud Day March 7th 2012 - Come ON!


   Wednesday March 7th 2012 is World Read Aloud Day

   At they began a movement based on 
imagining a world where everyone can read and write.

So far their efforts and actions have made a considerable 
difference in the world. 

"Accomplished so far:
• Reached 35 countries and 40,000 participants on March 3, 2010
• Reached 60 countries and all 50 states and 200,000 participants on March 9, 2011
• Preparing for March 7, 2012: Let's make it a million participants or more!"

With our help to spread the word and join in,
we can help raise awareness and help people of all ages 
learn to read and write!

Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate.

Click Here to go to Lit World and sign up like I did 
to participate in World Read Aloud Day!

What can you do?

Read a book to a child.
Read in your child's classroom as a surprise guest!
Volunteer to read at your church, YMCA, or other club
to get children excited about books!