Activity 1A- Meeting the Bird
Spend some time looking at the gallery image of the caspian tern, reflecting on the following questions:
Learn: Read the short paragraph about the caspian tern and follow this link to learn more.
The CASPIAN TERN is larger than many gulls and nests on five of seven continents. Endangered in North America, it is common along both coasts and large bodies of water.
The Caspian Tern is known for its long adolescence, with the young dependent on their parents for many months; even in late winter, many adult caspians are trailed by a begging youngster from the previous nesting season.
Its beach nesting areas are vulnerable to disturbance and predation. While the tern's numbers are increasing overall, the species is endangered and threatened in certain geographic regions.
As you learn, consider the questions:
Activity 1B - Fostering Empathy
Dominique Paul often uses poetry to illustrate a sense of urgency around the effects of climate change and to build empathy with the species being impacted.
Read the poems from the Age of Discovery Map:
Notice the emotions that come up as you read the poems. How does Paul use poetry (word choice, rhythm, visual elements, etc.) as a device to foster empathy?
Just as the artist wrote poems for the Cape May Warbler and Swainson’s Hawk, have the option to create a poem for the caspian tern to inspire empathy and connection.
Create your poem, using one of the provided options:
See the following example for reference:
Activity 2 - Drawing Connections
Dominique Paul found that through drawing each of the endangered bird species, she connected to a deeper sense of empathy for them. To emulate her process, you will have the chance to create an art piece around the caspian tern. Turn the bird into an art piece by coloring the image or layering images on it in a collage.
Download and Print the Drawing.
Reflect on what came up for you by adding your thoughts to a word cloud:
See the results here:
Activity 3 - Map of Memories
How are our lives intertwined with those of birds? Think back to an experience you shared with a bird. It could be ongoing or fleeting; impactful or mundane. Just notice a moment of intersection and sit with the experience.
Go to the shared world map to add your memory. You may write out your memory, draw something, use a photograph, or link to an online image.
Activity 4 - Pledge to the Birds
Now that you have built your connection with the caspian tern, you have the opportunity to take action to protect it.
What responsibilities do you have towards protecting birds that are currently endangered and that could become endangered from the effects of climate change and human extraction?
Write a pledge to the birds with an action you will take to ensure the birds like the caspian tern can continue to survive.