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Birds of a Feather

Find out more about the birds that live near you, and what they do when winter comes.

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Plan

  • How will you find out about birds and their migration?
  • Where will you find games and activities related to bird migration?
  • What can you do to help birds who are migrating?

Do

  • What birds live near you? Do they stay in your area all year round, or do they migrate somewhere else at certain times of year?
  • Play some games to learn about how birds migrate (and where they go), as well as how birds survive the winter in Canada!

Review

  • What can we do to help protect birds (whether or not they migrate)?
  • How can you help others to find out more about protecting birds?
  • What about other animals that migrate—what factors might affect them?

Keep it Simple

  • Play a game of musical chairs, but have each chair represent something that birds need to survive (like a food source or nesting area). Each round represents a migration. As the birds migrate, there are fewer and fewer resources, and therefore, fewer and fewer birds surviving. How does this parallel real life? What can we do to help more birds to survive?

Take it Further

  • Make a large map on the gym floor (or use real maps) to design the right pathways that birds from your region follow when they migrate. What obstacles do they face? Why do they migrate? How can we help ensure they can migrate safely? Participate in a local Christmas Bird Count or another bird study to see migration in action!