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Classroom Presentation Necessities

Before doing a class presentation on parrots, make sure you bring everything you need.

By Marshall Liger

Checklist for parrot presentations 
When in the classroom, ask students open-ended questions, like "why do birds have feathers?" do pique interest in parrots.

Don’t go into the classroom, library or scout meeting empty handed. Spice up your talk with a visual arsenal to keep young minds engaged in your presentation. Follow this classroom checklist before you head out:

1) Your parrots: There is nothing better to drive home your message than a sweet, affectionate, entertaining pet bird. If possible, take multiple parrots representing various species or various parts of the world.

Always consider the risks of taking your pet birds out in public. Are your pet birds people-friendly, comfortable in new surroundings and properly restrained to prevent accidental escapes? Are they vet-checked to ensure they are healthy?

2) Clean stands/perches for pet birds: It helps if these are mobile and collapsible.

3) Food and water for the pet birds: Incorporate these items into your presentation. Ask a student to attempt cracking a brazil nut with a hand-held nutcracker and make a point of how difficult it was. Then allow a large parrot to crack the nut. This is an opportunity to talk about diet and anatomy (the beak, etc). Pass around baggies of various foods, including seed, nuts, pellets, fruits and veggies.

4) A globe or map: This is a good visual aid to point out where parrots are native to. It can illustrate  why it is important to protect these environments.

5) A collection of molted feathers: Discuss the various aspects and functions of feathers and leave some for the class to use or donate them to the art department.

6) Bird magazines: If there are enough magazines available, leave some for the class or the school library. 

7) Cleaning supplies: Don’t leave a bird mess behind. Paper towels and cleaning solutions that are safe for use around birds make cleanup easy.

Check out presentation tips here.


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I also bring in a variety of toys, a least some of which can be passed around. I want those in attendance to learn the importance of stimulation/enrichment. The birds are only too happy to demonstrate one of their foraging "toys".
Ruth, Centreville, AL
Posted: 6/11/2011 9:42:40 AM
about 20 yrs ago I was asked (and paid) to give presentations to our local schools, your advice is great and being able to educate is fun.
Marcy, Shingle Springs, CA
Posted: 6/9/2011 10:00:38 PM
Thanks!
luiza, Anderson, SC
Posted: 12/23/2010 10:36:09 AM
Very helpful - thanks for sharing
Sheryl, Bloomington, IN
Posted: 7/18/2010 3:02:15 AM
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