Just last year, Golden Gate Audubon launched the first live-streaming Osprey cameras on the Pacific coast. The two high-definition cameras are located on the historic Whirley Crane that's associated with the Rosie-the-Riveter National Park in Richmond. The cameras offer different views of the same active Osprey nest from reverse angles. The view from the primary nest cam is riveting. While webcams make wonderful eye candy, our goal with this project was to do much more than simply entertain people. In order to promote the spread of public information about Ospreys and Bay ecology, and to inspire ecological stewardship by individuals and groups that would hopefully benefit Ospreys and other Bay birds, too, we created a special dedicated website to host all this content.
One of the special features on the website is that secondary educators can register and download a set of 5 different lessons that leverage the dedicated website and the live-streaming cameras to inspire more STEM learning among their students, and hopefully inspire more involvement in Bay ecology discovery/study and more participation in watershed stewardship.
There is a link on the main page of SFBayOspreys.org that says "Teachers". Clicking on that link will access the basic registration page. Each teacher should fill out some basic information and then download the initial 5-lesson packet.
There are currently 5 ready-to-use template lesson plans for secondary educators. Each lesson is aligned with CA DOE standards as well as Next Generation Science Standards. The current lesson plans include:
Osprey: A Climate-Endangered Raptor
Amazing Osprey Adaptations
Maintaining Healthy Food Webs for Ospreys
Nesting Ospreys around S.F. Bay
Dangers of Toxic Chemicals for Ospreys
This spring we'll be adding more content for teachers, which is one of the reasons why we ask that each teacher individually register and download the lesson plan packet so we can keep in touch with them as we continue to create STEM/ STEAM lesson plans. Also, in order to provide these lessons for free, we need to report on reach and usage by educators so the info provided during registration helps us be able to know who's using the curriculum. We hope to be turning on some additional functionality soon that will offer more data and mathematical analysis content for STEM education, as well.
Our Osprey website and the high-definition live-streaming views of local Ospreys on our own Bay provides a truly dynamic way to inspire STEM learning all over the Bay Area ... and beyond
Guest writer: Cindy Margulis, Golden Gate Audubon Society