Creative STEM Resources using Shorebirds to Educate Mid-Primary Students about Ecosystems

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Shorebirds Are Awesome!

A non-fiction storybook of how shorebirds taught a zoologist that we're all inter-connected and inspired her to become a pilot!

Shipping mid-2021

Engage students with fun science stories

Build a generation of optimistic & informed problem solvers

Includes FREE teaching resources that meet Australian Curriculum objectives

Does your head spin at the thought of searching out creative STEM resources for your classroom?

Wing Threads and the Shorebirds Are Awesome children's book provide everything you need to meet all your educational objectives!

STEM = science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Shorebirds Are Awesome e-Learning Pack

Save time with 10-weeks of ready-to-go lesson plans including:

• 10 x interactive videos

• 10 x PowerPoint presentations with presenter notes

• Downloadable teacher notes and illustrated classroom activities specific to each lesson

• Membership to a private Facebook group where educators using the Wing Threads e-Learning pack can connect

FREE Downloadable Teacher Notes

Developed with CSIRO Publishing, including discussion questions and links to external resources.

Live Shorebird Tracking Reports

Captivate your classroom with real-time updates of shorebirds on migration from Australian Researchers.

Learn Shorebird ID with 'Meet The Shorebirds' Cartoons

Discover all the migratory shorebird species that visit Australia during their non-breeding season with funny shorebird cartoons.

Shorebirds Are Awesome e-Learning Pack

Save time with 10-weeks of ready-to-go lesson plans including:

• 10 x interactive videos

• 10 x PowerPoint presentations with presenter notes

• Downloadable teacher notes and illustrated classroom activities specific to each lesson

• Membership to a private Facebook group where educators using the Wing Threads e-Learning pack can connect

FREE Downloadable Teacher Notes

Developed with CSIRO Publishing, including discussion questions and links to external resources.

Live Shorebird Tracking Reports

Captivate your classroom with real-time updates of shorebirds on migration from Australian Researchers.

Learn Shorebird ID with 'Meet The Shorebirds' Cartoons

Discover all the migratory shorebird species that visit Australia during their non-breeding season with funny shorebird cartoons.

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1. Buy the Book $24.99

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2. Get Ready for Adventure!

Follow Milly as Wing Threads comes to life when she flies her microlight around Australia in 2022!

3. Empower Students to Become Agents of Change

Bring Wing Threads into your classroom together with e-Learning resources approved for the Australian Curriculum.

Hello. I'm Amellia Formby, illustrator & co-author of Shorebirds Are Awesome! I'm also a zoologist, pilot & adventurer!

I love birds – especially migratory shorebirds, which are the most endangered birds in the world. Their lives are so awe inspiring and amazing and I wanted to tell everyone why shorebirds are totally awesome so they would be inspired to protect them too! But how to get everyone’s attention?

While searching for answers, I came up with a plan – to follow our shorebirds on migration from Australia to Siberia. So I learned to fly a microlight!

Amellia Formby standing in front of her white microlight aircraft

Hello. I'm Amellia Formby, illustrator & co-author of Shorebirds Are Awesome!
I'm also a zoologist, pilot & adventurer!

I love birds – especially migratory shorebirds, which are the most endangered birds in the world. Their lives are so awe inspiring and amazing and I wanted to tell everyone why shorebirds are totally awesome so they would be inspired to protect them too! But how to get everyone’s attention?

While searching for answers, I came up with a plan – to follow our shorebirds on migration from Australia to Siberia. So I learned to fly a microlight!

Cartoon map of Australia with a microlight flying around the coast

My first step to realising this big dream is to fly around Australia in 2022.

Teachers and students, I invite you to join me on my flying adventure! 

Wing Threads and the accompanying e-Learning resources will put you in the pilot seat and provide you with everything you need to confidently guide your students in an engaging and challenging exploration of how our planet and its habitats are all inter-connected through the exciting journeys of migratory shorebirds.

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Cover of the Wing Threads Project Info Pack with cartoon shorebirds and a microlight

FAQs

When the shorebirds migrate, they fly from Australia to Siberia in the northern hemisphere. I will be flying around the coast of Australia, taking-off from Broome in March 2022, when the shorebirds begin their northward migration, and seeing if I can do a lap of the country before they arrive back in Australia on southward migration . The distance around Australia is similar to the distance they fly to the Arctic and back (~20,000kms).

The Australasian Wader Studies Group has fitted several shorebirds with satellite transmitters so we will be able to provide updates on my own progress around Australia with the shorebirds as they migrate.

It is my dream to one day follow the shorebirds on migration all the way from Australia to the Arctic!

I have planned 90 stops along the way to maximise the number of schools and libraries I will be able to visit to share the Wing Threads book. However, some of the planned stopovers are in remote areas and will just be a place to rest and refuel like the shorebirds do on migration!

Download the project information PDF for more details, including a full list of stopovers.
There will be an application process following the crowdfunding campaign next year. The crowdfunding campaign is expected to run in May 2021.

Register for pre-order to be notified when applications open. 
Unfortunately, no. I will just be flying around the coast of mainland Australia.
Broome is the migratory shorebird capital of Australia. Tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds flock to Roebuck Bay every year to take advantage of the abundance of food available on the mudflats.
No. This won’t be like the movie, Fly Away Home, where a group of geese were trained to follow a microlight aircraft so they could learn how to migrate. Migratory shorebirds are wild and will avoid being near the aircraft.
As the name suggests, microlights are small, light and fly at a similar speed to what the shorebirds do on migration. I will also be exposed to the elements like the birds are.

Sponsors

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Project Partners

Qualifications

Migratory Shorebird Project Officer
BirdLife Australia

Committee Member
Australasian Wader Studies Group

RAAus Recreational Pilot Certificate
Passenger & cross-country endorsements

Master of Science   |   Zoology
Bachelor of Science   
|   Zoology
The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Visual Arts
Monash University

Awards

PanAir RPL/PPL Flight Training Scholarship 2019
Women in Aviation International

Amelia Earhart Fly Now Scholarship 2016
The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots

 

Don't leave your students anxious about the world they stand to inherit.

Our children are the future caretakers of the earth and ‘doom and gloom’ stories about the environment can leave them feeling helpless to act.

Bring the Wing Threads adventure into your classroom and inspire a new generation of resilient and curious young leaders to find creative solutions for environmental challenges!

Don't leave your students anxious about the world they stand to inherit.

Our children are the future caretakers of the earth and ‘doom and gloom’ stories about the environment can leave them feeling helpless to act.

Bring the Wing Threads adventure into your classroom and inspire a new generation of resilient and curious young leaders to find creative solutions for environmental challenges!

Cartoon of an adult's hand passing the Earth into the hand of a child

Don't leave your students anxious about the world they stand to inherit.

Our children are the future caretakers of the earth and ‘doom and gloom’ stories about the environment can leave them feeling helpless to act.

Bring the Wing Threads adventure into your classroom and inspire a new generation of resilient and curious young leaders to find creative solutions for environmental challenges!

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