Student Data

Eagle Research – Authentic Data

Help the science standards come alive with real Iowa data!

three bald eagles

All wildlife admits to a rehabilitator are considered a wild mortality because without human intervention (often several humans) the animal would die in the field. So if that is the case, why do we rescue and rehabilitate in hopes of release? The big picture is that we can find problems and work to prevent these from happening in the future.  SOAR is able to release 45-60% of admits, varies by year.

What can high school and middle school students learn from the SOAR eagle information?

  • Students can view x-rays and photos of eagles admitted and discuss the many ways raptors can become injured or sick (trauma, infection, or toxin).
  • Look at photos of eagles in the field before rescue and hypothesize what may be wrong based on visual evidence.
  • Look at x-rays of other eagles for fractures and signs of trauma (reading x-rays is a science, but we’ve tried to share images that are either without issue or the issue is easy to see).
  • Look at an individual eagle’s folder of photos and use a SOAR admit checklist to identify concerns and ask questions. Then use the symptoms / toxins sheet, and videos and ask more questions. Then look at Eagle Excel file.
  • Use the SOAR Eagle Excel file:
    • Graph eagle admits by month (seasonality)
    • Graph lead levels by month
    • Graph final disposition of eagles
    • Any of the above by year and total
    • Discuss the human dimension of rehabilitation
    • Look at mortality (what is causing eagles to be admitted to rehabilitation and what is cause of death) for commonality, themes, number.

 

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