Pollinators – Our Heroes!
Pollinators are declining for a number of reasons, and one of those reasons is habitat loss. Bees, butterflies, birds, and insects are losing their food supply as more green space is paved over, and we trade in native plants for perfectly manicured lawns. Pollinators need more gardens and flowers to help them survive, and this project is designed to help you create art that also provides a safe space for Chicago pollinators.
Wombat Scat – It’s bonkers!
All animals poo because they all have to eat and then get rid of their waste. Scientists call these dropping “scat.” Insects, snakes, lizards, frogs, and mammals all leave scat behind. In addition to scat, animals often leave little bits of themselves behind, these are clues for people who like to study or track animals in their natural habitat.
Urban Birding – Chicago’s Flying Friends
Feeling a bit of cabin fever? This project has you going outside to get up close and personal with the life of Chicago birds. Nearly 300 bird species can be found in Chicago—seasonally or year-round. Birds play an important role in our ecosystem by controlling insect populations and other pests, pollinating flowers, and helping us observe signs and clues about the environment. Their survival and well-being serve as an indicator for the overall health of our environment. This project has your student doing a bit of urban birding to start off the day, followed by an investigation into what it means to be a bird building a house in Chicago.