Aileen and the Red Knots

Association For The Study Of Animal Behaviour (Aileen And The Red Knots)

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Aileen Roncoroni is an Italian biologist working in the Netherlands. She tells us about her work with these amazing birds, called red knots. She describes why studying them is important and how she ended up working with these animals. Red knots are migratory birds that can stop in the Netherlands or in the UK. You might have seen them at the shoreline, where they love eating cockles. The knots stop in Europe in order to fuel up for their massive flight from the Arctic to South Africa. Aileen wants to understand how climate change is affecting these ultra fliers. Aileen was encouraged to submit this film by The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Learn more about The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour here: 

This is a short video at 4 minutes long. A follow on worksheet is provided to consolidate your learning.

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  • Aileen Roncoroni


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  • British Sign Language
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  • Structure and function of living organisms
  • Interactions and interdependencies
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Earth and atmosphere
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