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Avian Ambassadors and Adaptations

from Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy

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With the help of our Avian Ambassadors, students learn all about what makes birds unique! This program covers some of the many amazing adaptations that enable our feathered friends to survive and thrive in their varied environments. 

We discuss...

Waterfowl: What makes our avian friends unique. 
Birds of prey: Who eats what and why. An examination of carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores 
Adaptations: How birds are designed to thrive in their environments
Imprinting: How we train our education birds for success in the classroom

At the end of the program, participants are introduced to our Avian Ambassadors and will get to learn about what makes each bird unique. Our ambassadors include: Poppy, a North American Barn Owl; Lowry, a Cape Barren Goose; and Dory and Nemo, Indian Runner Ducks.

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About This Program


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45 Minutes for K-5th grade, 1 Hour for all other ages

Target Audience

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

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 25 participants.

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

Cancellation must take place at least 24 hours in advance.

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. Introduction to waterfowl, conservation, and the environment
2. Presentation of avian adaptations
3. Bring out the Avian Ambassadors
4. Introduce participants to each ambassador individually and discuss what makes each bird unique
5. Close with question and answer time


The participant will:
Learn what a waterfowl is
Explore waterfowl from around the world
Investigate unique adaptations that help birds to survive
Be introduced to several unique species including domestic and wild ducks, geese, and birds of prey

Standards Alignment

National Standards

K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS2-2, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS1-4

State Standards

K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS2-2, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS1-4