Suggestions for
Student Research With Satellite Data

Peter Nye's satellite-tracked eagles provide an opportunity for you to do your own research. Read the objectives of the scientist's study. Then consider how you might design a study of your own using the same migration data. Form and test your own hypothesis or uncover answers to questions you have by digging into data. At the conclusion of your study, write a scientific paper and/or hold a scientific conference in your class and share your results. See Planning Science Investigations to help you get started.

Migration Comparison Charts
Comparing Eagles 
Comparing Spring Migrations
Summarize and Share Your Results

Scientist Says: How Scientists Communicate the Results of Their Research

Sample Research Questions
Come up with your own questions! Consider these:

Spring Migration Routes
Does an eagle follow the same route every year? Does it stop at the same places along the way?

Timing of the Migration
Does an eagle begin the spring migration at the same time each year? How many days does the eagle travel? How many miles per day does it travel?

All Eagles
Do all of the eagles begin their migrations at the same time? Why or why not? Do weather systems seem to influence the timing of their departures?

Females vs. Males
Would you expect the migrations of males and females to be the same or different? Why? What can you learn this spring by comparing the migration of males and females?

Old vs. Young
Would you expect the migrations of adults and young eagles to be the same or different? Why? What can you learn this spring by comparing the migration of adults and juveniles?

National Science Education Standards

  • Ask a question about objects, organisms, events.
  • Plan and conduct a simple investigation.
  • Use data to conduct a reasonable explanation.
  • Communicate investigations and explanations.
  • Think critically and logically to make relationship between evidence and explanations.
  • Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world.
  • Scientists make the results of their investigations public; they describe the investigations in ways that enable others to repeat the investigations.
  • Scientists review and ask questions about the results of other scientists' work.