Neary Lagoon Bird Graph
Notes for Teachers:
Data is collected from October to June by students. The data from each tour has been averaged with all the other data collected for that month, to give us an average number of birds counted per tour. Two species, American Coot and Mallard, both over-winter at Neary Lagoon, although they can be seen year-round. Another species, Pied-billed Grebe, is an example of a year-round resident at Neary Lagoon, and the small population rarely changes. The fourth category, Songbirds, are primarily spring migrants. The data shows a peak population of songbirds in the spring.
Discussion Questions with Students;
- Which bird was counted the most often? Which bird was counted the least often?
- Look at the Mallard line. What month was the highest number counted? The lowest number counted?
- Look at the Songbird line. What month was the highest number counted. Why do you think this is? What is happening at this time of year?
- Look at the Pied-billed Grebe line. Compared to the other lines on the graph, how would you describe this line? What can we conclude about this bird at Neary Lagoon?