Geography GCSE: The weather and bird migration

Scientists capture and tag birds with radio transmitters. They are then released and the birds are monitored to determine the time of the migration and the timing of it compared to local weather fronts.

The scientists then examine weather data and discover that the birds’ migrations seem to coincide with the passage of a cold front and subsequent weather improvement.

This clip is from the series Operation Cloud Lab: Secrets of the Skies.

Teacher Notes

Could be used as a stimulus to the use of energy in food chains.

The class could research the predators of these hummingbirds and determine how much energy would be available to the predator.

The class could also research the mass of a bird and attempt to determine the amount of energy available to it during a flight of 16 to 24 hours when it will not be able to eat.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Geography at GCSE in England and National 4 in Scotland. Appears in AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL, CCEA, WJEC, SQA.

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