How can common birds such as the passenger pigeon go extinct? Find about more at: https://qrius.si.edu/ RECORDED LIVE Dec. 11, 2014 Join ornithologist Helen James to consider what factors make birds vulnerable to extinction. Follow Helen into Hawaiian lava tubes to look for fossil evidence of bird life on the islands. See which bird species survived and which did not after humans arrived on the scene. The Smithsonian Science How webcast features the research and personalities of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, information about science careers and pathways, and more! The program delivers real-world science through free, live webcasts and teaching resources. Thanks for making Smithsonian Science How an award-winning program! We were recognized by EdTech Digest as the winner of the 2015 Cool Tool Award in the “E-learning Solution” category and by the American Alliance of Museums with a 2015 MUSE award for Education and Outreach. TEACHING RESOURCES https://qrius.si.edu/webcast-teaching-resources-bird-extinctions-recent-geologic-time STEM Subject: Bird Extinctions in Recent Geologic Time National Middle School Science Standards: Life Science, Earth Science Key Terms: ornithology, bird conservation, extinction, endangered species, island ecosystems, Holocene period Key Concepts: Human influences on bird populations Ecology of birds and vulnerability to extinction Impacts of human activities on ecology Conservation of endangered bird species Technology used by ornithologists NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS) The Bird Extinctions - Time Travel through Lava Tubes Webcast Package supports students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations by offering a set of resources that integrate science concepts with science practice skills. MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.