The Birds of Antarctica

A course that explores connections between science and nature to see how the birds in Antarctica, such as the Albatross, can teach us about how to live in a more sustainable way.

Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Goal 15: Life on Land

100% Free Course

What is in this Course?

The Great Southern Ocean is home to an incredible abundance of birds! From tiny penguins to giant albatrosses, this area is teeming with feathered friends. These birds have adapted to survive in the harsh conditions of the ocean, and each species has unique behaviours and physical traits that help them thrive. Whether they’re diving into the water to catch fish, flying up to 7,000,000km in a lifetime, or building nests on remote islands, these birds are truly amazing to observe and learn about.

The wandering albatross is known for their incredible flying abilities. With wingspans reaching up to 11 feet, they can fly for days without landing, covering thousands of miles in search of food. Their ability to survive and thrive in one of the harshest environments on the planet is a testament to their remarkable adaptability and remarkable physiological features, such as their strong wings and efficient air sacs in their bones that reduce their weight and improve their endurance. The wandering albatross truly is one of nature’s most amazing and awe-inspiring creatures.

In this short course, we are going to find connections between science and nature to see how the animals in Antarctica can teach us about how to live in a more sustainable way!

Teaching program

The teaching program is designed to walk teachers through the process of teaching about albatrosses and making connections to important themes and values. The document is aligned with the curriculum but can be downloaded and edited to suit the needs of your school or state. The course documents include real-world learning opportunities in which students use the knowledge they have just gained, to improve the lives and the knowledge of those around them.

Real World Learning

During this course, students will discover how nature inspires inventions. In doing so, children will be inspired to use mechanisms in the animal kingdom to guide the development of new inventions to benefit humankind.