Come look through the camera at the bird feeder located at the Ontario Science Centre. What birds are still in Ontario during the winter?
- Extend what was learned on the bird cam to your own home environment. Set up a bird feeder outside your apartment or in your backyard. Check every day to see what birds are coming to your feeder. Is your bird feeder having the same types of birds visiting as the one at the Ontario Science Centre?
- If possible, set up two bird feeders outside your home.Place commercial bird seed in one feeder. Create your own type of bird seed. Be sure to watch the webcast for ideas. Observe what type of feed is the favourite!
This activity will help your child observe the characteristics and feeding habits of winter birds in Ontario. The camera allows your child to send their information to the Ontario Science Centre and friends around the world. This game meets many expectations in multiple grades, one of which is:
Science and Technology: Understanding Life Systems - Needs and characteristics of living things:
Investigate needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans.
- Go to your local library and find books about the birds of Ontario. What birds should be returning to your area in the late winter/early spring? Be on the lookout and have family members predict the date that they expect to see a robin return to your neighbourhood!
- Access the local weather updates for current temperatures. The bird cam is located in Toronto. Is it warmer or colder in your area? Have your child predict what location would experience more bird feeder activity based on temperature as a factor. What other factors might determine the amount of birds visiting your feeder?