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, sometimes, we can find problems and work to prevent these from happening in the future through collecting data on admits. SOAR is able to release 45-60% of total admits, this varies by year.

SOAR collects data on all bald eagles admitted to us. Eagle data includes: date of admission, circumstance or cause of admission, gender, adult/juvenile, county found, lead levels from blood sample or liver biopsy, and final outcome (if euthanized, died, transferred, or released). The data we are sharing starts January 2015 and is on-going. SOAR maintains all necessary US Fish & Wildlife Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources permits for the work done.

Updated high school storyline now available!

Download the High School Storyline now: Lead in our environment – connection between eagles and you!

Three lessons (one with three parts) culminate in a performance task focused on the identified problem: Is lead in the environment still a problem for humans (are people still presenting to health care professionals with elevated lead levels)? Does lead in the environment impact animals? Each lesson includes linked readings.

Your students will:

  • Build graphs and charts from five years of bald eagle data and then interpret – “skinny data”
  • Learn the physiology of lead, how lead impacts organisms, and look at a real-life family with a child that had an elevated lead level
  • Understand what you as a consumer can do

SOAR is working on a middle school storyline, too.

We’re offering a 5E “Wildlife CSI” using our bald eagle files for middle school teachers to share with students during this “educate from home” time – jump to that page!

The revisions are based on conversations with middle and high school science teachers and science consultants. The new storyline is linked to a Google Sheet with “skinny data” for teachers and students at the high school level to dive into and analyze. The middle school storyline will also have “skinny data” to explore. This SOAR Student Data work is partially supported by a grant from the Avangrind Foundation.

SOAR only plans on making any needed updates after complete 2020 bald eagle data can be added, but please send us issues, suggestions, and tips to compile for the 2021 update!