Monday, June 10, 2013

Wonderful Wingspans!

Nate’s North American Anthology of Wonderful Wingspans

Nate (a second grader) has an interest in birds. Ansel (a third grader) and her father are birders too. Below is a mix of Nate's wingspan data and Ansel's father's photographs.

After looking at the bird photos and talking about the wingspans, we went outside and drew life-size wingspans of several birds.

Check out the photos, the facts, and the life-size wingspans!

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle 80” 

Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross 84” 

Brown Pelican

Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle 79” 

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron 72” 

Greater Sandhill Crane

Laysan Albatross

Laysan Albatross 78”

Lesser Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane (lesser) 73” 

Short-tailed Albatross
 Short-tailed Albatross 87”   

Turkey Vulture
 Turkey Vulture 67” 

White Pelican 
American White Pelican 108” 

Addition wingspans:

California Condor 109”
Whooping Crane 87”
Trumpeter Swan 80”
Brown Pelican 79”
Sandhill Crane (greater) 77”
Mute Swan 75”

Here are the life-size models:

What surprised you about the wingspans?

How did you convert the inches to feet and/or yards?

What is your favorite bird?

1 comment:

  1. Turkey Vulture and Lesser Sandhill CraneJune 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Dear Nate and Ansel,

    I am the turkey vulture and I have the shortest wingspan of all of the birds listed. That’s 67 inches and is also known as 1 yard, 2 feet, and 8 inches. My friend is here with me and this magnificent bird is the lesser sandhill crane.

    Hi, I am indeed the lesser sandhill crane and my wingspan is not the shortest of all, but not the longest either. That means that it’s 73 inches which is also known as 2 yards and 1 inch.

    We knew how to convert these wingspans because we over heard some other birds investigating yardsticks and rulers. Here is a fun fact about rulers: The name ruler came from a king and his foot was the size of 12 inches.

    Turkey vulture’s favorite bird is the turkey vulture, obviously and the lesser sandhill crane’s favorite bird is the lesser sandhill crane, clearly.

    We were both surprised about the California condor’s wingspan! His (or her) wingspan was 109 inches! That was our second favorite bird.

    Turkey Vulture and Lesser Sandhill Crane


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