Bald Eagle Migration

This resource allows students to view the maps showing the migration of juvenile bald eagles to and from Arizona. They should generate observations and questions that can lead to more discovery and learning. This resource can be used at the beginning of a unit on migration.

By completing this activity, your students will be able to:

  • Analyze maps containing real scientific data.
  • Identify patterns related to juvenile bald eagle migration in Arizona.
  • Ask questions related to bird migration.

More About this Lesson Plan

According to the Arizona Department of Education, phenomena are observable events that can be explained or explored using scientific practices, ideas and concepts. Through science investigations and discussions, students try to explain the phenomena. They are a key part of science instruction in the state.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been collecting examples of wildlife-related phenomena that can be used in the classroom. Each phenomenon includes suggested ways to use it as well as potential standards that can be addressed by using it. Links for additional information are provided for teachers wishing to learn even more about each phenomenon.

This specific phenomena can be used as the start of a migration unit. Students could view the different maps and look for patterns, trends and differences. This will allow them to generate questions related to why bald eagles might migrate to certain locations over others. There are also opportunities to discuss the impacts of sexual reproduction and the benefits of new genes to a population as they discuss the other eagles that the Arizona population may be mingling with during their migrations.


  • Eric Proctor, Wildlife Education Coordinator,
    Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)

Standards Correlation

This lesson has been correlated to the following Arizona Department of Education academic standards:

  • 4th Grade

    1. 4.L4U1.11
  • 6th Grade

    1. 6.L.2U1.13
  • 7th Grade

    1. 7.L1U1.11
  • 8th Grade

    1. 8.L3U1.9
    2. 8.L4U1.12
  • High School

    1. HS.L4U1.27
    2. HS.L4U1.28
    3. HS+B.L4U1.13
    4. HS+B.L4U1.14

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