Educator Resources: Mammals

Building a Bat House

Building a bat house is a great way to help these threatened animals. Once you’ve built your bat house, identified suitable habitat to install it, and it is successfully inhabited, join WDNR’s roost monitoring project. Through this project you can let bat researchers know about what kinds of bats inhabit your bat house, and how many bats you get each year.

*Supports Wisconsin Bat Program

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Citizen-based Monitoring Program

Journey North

Journey North engages citizen scientists in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles— and other birds and mammals; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; and other natural events.

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Annenberg Learner

Squirrel Mapper

Students will learn to identify squirrels and begin to record data on the types of squirrels found around them. The students will then be able to record their data on the Squirrel Mapper website and view the observations of people in other locations. This activity can also be used to show how the environment (and humans!) can be used to select which organisms are most “successful”, based on their characteristics.

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State University of New York, National Science Foundation