K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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An albino Red-Tailed Hawk at the Carolina Raptor Center
An albino Red-Tailed Hawk at the Carolina Raptor Center
This is an albino Red-Tailed Hawk named Honeysuckle at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, North Carolina.
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American bittern and snake
American bittern and snake
The American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is a migratory member of the heron family. It is typically found in bogs, marshes, and wet meadows, and it feeds on insects, frogs, fish, and reptiles. The bittern in this photograph has just...
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American brown pelican
American brown pelican
The American Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is a coastal bird whose habitat ranges from the state of Washington to northern Chile on the Pacific coast, and from Virginia to the mouth of the Amazon river on the Atlantic coast....
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American coot
American coot
The American coot (Fulica americana) is a migratory waterbird whose habitat ranges from Canada to northern South America. Unlike many other waterfowl, coots have scalloped toes rather than webbed feet.
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Bald eagle
Bald eagle
The bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is a large raptor with a wingspan that can reach seven feet. Its habitat covers the entire United States and includes northern Mexico and most of Canada. The bald eagle is the official national...
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Bird calls in the Mekong delta
Many types of birds make their home among the rice paddies, homes and waterways of the Mekong Delta. To me, this birdcall does not sound like typical waterfowl in America. This was recorded as part of a multi-day Mekong Delta tour that started in Saigon (Ho...
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Bird diagram
Bird diagram
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Bird talk
Bird talk
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Birds spotted on a Port Discover adventure
Birds spotted on a Port Discover adventure
A group of birds poses on a dock for a group of children on a Port Discover bird-watching adventure. Port Discover is a hands-on science and health center for northeastern North Carolina, geared towards students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Volunteers...
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A blue heron in flight on Lake Gaston
A blue heron in flight on Lake Gaston
A blue heron takes flight on Lake Gaston in Warren County, North Carolina. Lake Gaston is also partially located in Northampton County, Halifax County, and part of Virginia.
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Brant
Brant
The brant (Branta bernicla) is a small goose with a short, stubby bill. It is sometimes referred to as a barnacle goose, due to the mistaken belief in the Middle Ages that it hatched from a barnacle.
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Carolina parakeets
Carolina parakeets
John James Audubon's 1833 painting of the Carolina parakeet. The Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), now extinct, was the only native species of parrot in the United States. The last known wild Carolina parakeet was killed in...
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Common grackle
Common grackle
This grackle is perched in a dogwood tree. From the side, its yellow eye is visible, and its iridescent blue head feathers and purple wing feathers stand out against the black.
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Common grackle
Common grackle
This grackle, black with its metallic blue head feathers barely visible, is perched in a dogwood tree. Its mouth is open, calling.
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A cormorant at the edge of a pond, Everglades National Park, FL
A cormorant at the edge of a pond, Everglades National Park, FL
A cormorant at the edge of a pond, Everglades National Park, Florida. Everglades National Park was declared a national park in 1934, though it took the park's proponents another 13 years to acquire funds and land. The park protects approximately one-fifth...
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Demon Ravana and eagle king Sadayu battle in dance performance at Yogyakarta
Demon Ravana and eagle king Sadayu battle in dance performance at Yogyakarta
The demon king Ravana and the eagle king Sadayu battle in a dance performance at Yogyakarta in July 1986. Here Sadayu's outstretched right wing hits the back of Ravana who, while standing hunched after the blow, swings his sword across his own chest back toward...
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Detail of eagle king Sadayu (Thai Ramayana mural)
Detail of eagle king Sadayu (Thai Ramayana mural)
This portrait of the eagle king Sadayu is colored in white, red, and gold leaf paint on a black background at the Emerald Buddha Temple. The painting style of the bird's neck and body includes the use of nested diamond motifs while the tail is formed with...
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A duck flying across a pond in McDowell County
A duck flying across a pond in McDowell County
This is a white duck flying across a pond in McDowell County. McDowell County is located in the Appalachian Mountains, which are host to wide variety of wildlife.
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Ducks in a row at the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park
Ducks in a row at the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park
Ducks swim side by side at the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, North Carolina.
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The eagle king
In The Ramayana, page 2.10
A dancer costumed as the eagle king Sadayu stands tall and flaps his wings in a performance at Yogyakarta in July 1986. The dancer's feathered costume is a textured blue fabric with a painted wooden head and gold crown. The carved bird head has wide round...
By Lorraine Aragon.