How Do Birds Fly?

Birds use the same laws of physics to fly as any winged craft or creature. The wings act as an airfoil. When an airfoil moves forward though a fluid (all gases are actually “fluids”) it creates “lift”. The lift on an airfoil is primarily the result of its shape, particularly with regards to two aspects […]

From the Outside In

Bird bones are considered to be very strong for their weight and size, and they are also hollow. Review the following images to learn more about bird body parts, bones, and wing anatomy.   Bird bones are hollow, and it might be hard to understand how a hollow bone can be strong enough to support […]

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What Is a Bird?

Everyone knows what birds are – even the smallest child can tell the difference between a bird and, well, a non-bird! But what distinctive features are exclusive to birds? Is it the presence of wings, feathers, or the ability to fly? Is it the ability to lay eggs? Is it the presence of a beak […]

The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.