Robin Nest Cam: From Eggs to Fledglings
Watch the Magical Transformation!

Karin Nanos (right) and Technical Advisor Tyler

Karin Nanos, a teacher at Upland Hills School in Oxford, Michigan, found a rare and exciting "teachable moment" when a pair of robins nested on a ladder in a geodesic dome greenhouse students were constructing. Students at the school made a wonderful compromise so they could continue to build the dome without disturbing the robins. Meanwhile, one student studying the babies produced a video showing the baby robins at every stage from egg to fledging.

To learn how Karin Nanos set up a videocam to study the nesting robins up close and personal, see

Then watch these four fascinating segments of video footage of the mother robin incubating her eggs! Each Robin Nest Cam lesson has several video clips, interesting questions, and a discussion of the previous lesson's questions.

National Science Eductaion Standards

  • Organisms have basic needs. They can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met.
  • Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, reproduction.
  • The behavior of individual organisms is influenced by internal cues (such as hunger) and by external cues (such as a change in the environment).
  • Plants and animals have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing, and eventually dying.
  • Plants and animals closely resemble their parents.