at Brooklyn College:

Students in the Masters Program in Elementary Science & Environmental Education Engage in Urban Ecology Investigations

Eleanor Miele

 Monk Parakeet on campus

This is the second year in what is expected to be an ongoing investigation of the feral Monk Parakeet population in Brooklyn, New York.



As a model for their own classrooms students at Brooklyn College are introduced to active inquiry and technology embedded in authentic investigations. The Monk Parakeet investigations followed the following process:

  • Students went for a "field trip" to the athletic field to see and hear the Monk Parakeets.
  • Students worked in cooperative groups to develop initial testable questions about the Monk Parakeets.
  • Students met in the computer lab to access information about Monk Parakeets from the internet.
  • Students studied some ongoing investigations about other Monk Parakeet populations throughout the U.S.
  • Students used various search engines to gain additional information about Monk Parakeets.
  • Students refined their initial testable questions based on information gathered via the internet.
  • Students designed their experiments and arranged to begin their investigations in the field.
  • Students conferred with their cooperating groups to refine their methods after initial investigations.
  • Students met in the computer lab to learn how to present the results of their investigation via the internet using WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) html composers such as Microsoft FrontPage, Microsoft Word and Netscape Communicator.
  • Students learned to compose text, insert pictures and make links to other internet websites.

Some of the questions students in the first year of the study (1999-2000) investigated were:

Some of the questions students in the second year of the study (2000-2001) investigated were:

New York City area residents are invited to send information on nest sites and behavior observations to Eleanor Miele at the email address below.

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Last Updated 3/21/01