On Friday, November 9 two “Ternites” visited four of Ms. Clevenger’s grade 7 life science classes at Waipahu Intermediate School. Barb & Meg first took the students on a make-believe field trip on the cargo ship, Kahana to Tern Island; ALL ABOOOOOARD!
Once “on” Tern, Meg explained the two roles of the Black-footed Albatross chick monitoring activity:
role #1– Pretend to be a BFAL chick! Wear a chick photograph on your back. Also wear a yellow-with-black-writing cardboard band around your left ankle, representing the chick’s auxiliary or “aux” band.
role #2 — Be a scientist! Look around the classroom (which is a make-believe albatross plot, or area, on Tern Island), find each Black-footed Albatross chick, identify its number from its “aux” band, decide whether the chick is a DFC, PFC or FFC, and record that information on your data sheet.
DFC = downy feathered chicks are the youngest ones who have just hatched from an egg; their down feathers have dried out and are very fluffy.
PFC = partly feathered chicks have a mixture of fluffy down feathers and regular, smooth, flight feathers.
FFC = fully feathered chicks have very little or no down; since they have all their flight feathers, they’re ready to fly away from Tern Island, out to the grand North Pacific Ocean!
- Students began right away, performing their monitoring duties as scientists and as BFAL chicks–