Cornell Lab of Ornithology's BirdSleuth K-12 program creates innovative educational resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects.

Many behaviors, including the mating displays of the birds-of-paradise, are genetically passed from one generation to the next. Environmental factors further influence the development of these traits. In this lesson, students explore their own heritable behaviors and watch videos of the birds-of-paradise practicing and performing courtship displays.