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Winging it with Waterfowl: Understanding Feathers and Flight!

from Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy

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This program focuses on the many uses of feathers! How do birds use feathers to fly? Why are some feathers so colorful? Why don't ducks get cold in the water? We will ask some of our Avian Ambassadors these questions as well as learn other unique ways that feathers help our avian friends survive.

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About This Program


By Request: $100.00



30 minutes for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, 45 minutes for 2nd-12th

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 suggested but more possible

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days.

About This Provider

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Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy

Litchfield, CT
United States

Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the world's waterfowl and their habitats through research, education, and conservation action. We provide science education programs that teach concepts of ecology, animal behavior, and conservation using waterfowl as our model.

Colleen Peters

Program Details


1. We will introduce Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy and its mission.

2. Feathers! We will investigate the unique adaptation that defines birds!

3. Our avian ambassadors will demonstrate how they use their feathers.


Students will:

1. Know what an adaptation is and how it helps an organism survive

2. Be able to name three different kinds of feathers

3. Be able to list three functions of feathers

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Students will:

LS1.A- Structure and Function

LS4.A- Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

LS4.D- Adaptation

NS.K-4.3.5: Characteristics of Organisms
Understanding about Science and Technology

NS.5-8.3.5: Structure and Function of Organisms
Understanding about Science and Technology

NS.9-12.3.5: Evolution and Behavior of Organisms
Understanding about Science and Technology