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Feathers: Not Just for Flying - 16 birds and some very practical uses of feathers

Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers. A concise main text highlights how feathers are not just for flying.

anatomy of a feather including the vane and calamus

anatomy of a feather including the vane and calamus (Chicken Backyard Molting)

The parts of a feather you can see with the unaided eye are the rachis, vane, afterfeather, barbs, downy barbs and the hollow shaft. There are also tiny parts called barbules and hooklets that help hold the barbs together and give the feather its shape.

The parts of a feather you can see with the unaided eye are the rachis, vane, afterfeather, barbs, downy barbs and the hollow shaft. There are also tiny parts called barbules and hooklets that help hold the barbs together and give the feather its shape.

How do Birds Fly for Children.  Explains how the shape of the wings and the weight of a bird helps it fly.

How do Birds Fly for Children. Explains how the shape of the wings and the weight of a bird helps it fly.

Zoology 1 - How Do Birds Fly? - YouTube.  This goes perfectly with chapter 1

The Helpful Art Teacher: Draw a Bird Day:STEAM in the middle school art room Using science toteach art

Frog in a Bog

Frog in a Bog

Take a peek into an environment loaded with frogs, bugs, birds, and more. Budding naturalists can find bogs all over--maybe even in their own neighborhoods.

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