After discovering the food-color preference of jays, try to change this preference by salting the food of that color.
Group Size: maximum of about 10 kids per leader Suggested Age: 10 and up Time: Variable—depends on the birds Can be done in multiple sessions Focus question: Summary:
What color of macaroni will jays prefer? Is it possible to change this preference? Will the jays remember their new preference?
This is a good activity for multiage or family groups as well as same-age groups. The activity is based on observation of bird behavior. Because the activity requires patience, it is a good activity for a lunch or rest period when the group is relatively quiet. The birds sometimes need time to discover the different colors of macaroni. The participants then collect data related to the preference of the birds. The participants then experiment to see if this preference can be changed.
Group Size: maximum of about 10 kids per leader
Suggested Age: 10 and up
Time: Variable—depends on the birds Can be done in multiple sessionsConsider…
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