challenge presented (Figure 2). If players land on the “Safe Resting
Place” spaces with the connecting arrow, they have the option to
change to the other route to complete the game. The first team to
arrive at the breeding grounds wins!
The post-game discussion about changes in phenology of different
bird species is an excellent opportunity to address how species are
responding differently to climate change (e.g., advancing arrival or
laying date) and why there are differences in these responses across
species or within species that have resident and migratory populations. Examples of post-game questions to ask participants: What
kinds of challenges do increasing temperatures create for migrating
birds? Can you think of a challenge that impacted some species
negatively and some species positively?
Migration Mismatch can help students build their understanding of
biological processes and how species, birds in this case, interact
with their environment. Although the effectiveness of this game
on student’s understanding was not studied as part of game development, it does provide an interactive element to learning about
adaptations of different bird species to environmental changes,
and provides a link to birds they may encounter in their local environment. In 15 minutes, Migration Mismatch can give participants
an introduction to the climate-related challenges facing migratory
birds in an engaging, fun, and unique way.
Teachers can print the materials at https://go.usa.gov/xnfu T.
Migration Mismatch was developed with input from Abigail Lynch,
Bonnie Myers, Zeenatul Basher, Laura Thompson, Andrew Battles,
Chelsie Romulo, Sarah Weiskopf, Madeleine Rubenstein, and
Shawn Carter. Printing and board game layout assistance was provided by Doug Spencer.
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Figure 2. Example of how to link a challenge card to the
species information card to identify the appropriate number of
spaces to move the game piece.