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Activity: Sharp Feet

Background

You can certainly learn a lot about a bird by looking at its feet. Birds have a variety of feet that come in many shapes and sizes. The type of feet a bird has depends greatly on the food it eats and where it lives.

Materials

Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • identify feet belonging to raptors and non-raptors
  • determine the uses of feet for raptors and non-raptors

Procedures

  1. Take time to make sure that your students understand:
    • the importance of the shape and size of bird feet
    • how birds use their feet for survival
    • the differences between feet belonging to raptors and non-raptors
  2. Allow students time to work through the worksheets.
  3. Once students are done, discuss the activity and clarify any questions.

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Activity created by BLM Snake River Birds of Prey NCA staff, 1997. Boise, ID.

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