Canada is home to over 450 species of birds. Yet none of them had the title of national bird until 2015. That year, the team of editors at Canadian Geographic decided it was time to do something about it! So, together with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, they arranged for the nomination to be made official before 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
In the popular vote, the common loon finished in first place with 13,995 votes, and the snowy owl came in second with 8,938. With 7918 votes, the chickadee won the bronze medal from the public, but was still the final choice of the Geographical Society of Canada, explained La Presse.
The chickadee, also known as the "Canada Jay" or "Gray Jay", is found in the boreal forests of all Canadian provinces and territories, but nowhere else on the planet. The chickadee was chosen by a special committee over other candidates suggested by Canadians in a large survey that attracted nearly 50,000 online votes.Source: The duty
The following activities will allow students to learn more about the Canadian chickadee as well as other birds from America, Europe, Asia, etc.
At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Explain the selection process for Canada's national bird;
- Compare different species of birds around the world;
- Know the characteristics (habitat, song, etc.) of several birds of the world;
- Create a visual graph from popular vote data.
ACTIVITY 1: National Bird Project
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