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Adventures
 
 
 
Story Readings - new!
BOOMer Rules by Frank Glew  -BOOMer, a gigantic and handsome Bullfrog, uses his loud, unforgettable song to become, surprisingly, the hero of the river
Crow Not Crow by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple  - Join a young girl as she discovers the secret of birding and learns to recognize crows and not crows.
Melissa's Magnificent Message by Frank Glew - A story about a wise little honeybee with an important message for us all to hear.
 
More Links to Great Activities
Ducks Unlimited  Make your own 3D paper models of wildlife
Cornell Lab of Ornithology     Get a Free BirdSleuth Explorer's Guidebook   
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - take your time and really explore this site about birds - identification tips, pictures, calls, maps, behaviours   https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/ 
Cornell Lab of Ornithology  live cam of bird feeder  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/ontario-feederwatch/ 
Birds Canada -  create a photo guide of common birds in your region at a particular time of year  https://www.birdscanada.org/apps/checklist/index.jsp  
Suivez les étapes pour créer un guide photo des oiseaux communs de votre région à un moment particulier de l'année.  https://www.birdscanada.org/apps/checklist/index.jsp?lang=FR 
BugFinder - Search and Identification Tool for insects and spiders  https://www.insectidentification.org/bugfinder-start.asp 
eBird app  - a real-time online checklist that includes birds around the world. You can even enter sightings when there’s no cell service.  Bird watching is the second most popular hobby in the world (gardening is #1).  The largest global database, eBird is the most popular reporting centre for citizen scientists. The Ontario eBird community alone has recorded ten million observations. https://ebird.org/canada/home  
Everything Birds - Getting your family started with bird watching?  https://www.everythingbirds.com/articles/how-birding-can-help-connect-kids-with-the-outdoors/ 
iNaturalist - this app is not just a field guide, it’s an encyclopedia of field guides, with rich resources and projects to satisfy the keenest nature lover. This is a big sight but has plenty of how-to videos to get you started  https://www.inaturalist.org/  
National Audubon Society outdoor bird activities  https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/activities/audubon-for-kids
NatureWatch - do you like to explore and examine the natural world? Want to be a citizen scientist? Are you interested in joining researchers and nature enthusiasts from across Canada? https://www.naturewatch.ca/  
National Geographic's NatGeo@Home has quizzes, videos, science experiments, and even at-home classroom resources.
Bumble Bee Watch - tracks North American bumble bees, but it isn’t an app, like the others. You submit your sightings on the website. While you’re there, check out the cool wildlife photography tips .https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/  
Journey North - monitors the monarch migration. They’re counting on you to report monarchs you spot. The citizen scientist sourced observations are mapped online. You can watch the monarchs inch closer and closer each spring https://journeynorth.org/monarch/   
Invasive Species - an app with photos and details for Ontario’s invasive species, plants, insects and aquatic life. If you find a suspected eco-invader, just snap a picture. Your phone’s built-in GPS flags the exact location. You simply  upload your sighting to EDDMapS.  https://www.eddmaps.org/ontario/
PEC Libraries and Quinte Conservation have awesome Adventure Kits available at the library.  Fun and educational activities for the whole family.  10 topics from bugs and birds to rock tumbling and metal detecting. https://www.peclibrary.org/adventure-kits/
Project NestWatch  - a nest monitoring program for Citizen Science volunteers across Canada  https://www.birdscanada.org/bird-science/project-nestwatch/  
Right Bird, Right House - find out which birds you can build a nest box or nest structure for your region and habitat  https://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/right-bird-right-house/   
Ontario Species at Riskendangered, threatened, special concern and extirpated animals and plants in Ontario   https://www.ontario.ca/page/species-risk-ontario
NatureHood  -connects people of all ages to nearby nature!  Now offers parent and families resources tailored to helping everyone enjoy, discover and connect wit nature in their own backyard  https://naturecanada.ca/enjoy-nature/your-naturehood/naturehood-blog/  
Discover the magnificent diversity of the Birds-of-paradise from the rain forests of New Guinea https://www.youtube.com/embed/REP4S0uqEOc   
 
Identification Tools
All About Birds -   A free bird identification app, Merlin offers quick identification help for all levels of bird watchers.  Beautiful photographs and amazing audio tracks. It is quick and easy to use. https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/  and an identification help and life history info for 600+ North American species.  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search 
Leafsnap -  a guide to more than 130 common Ontario trees.  Just hold a leaf against a white background—a piece of paper will do—and “Snap It.” Using visual recognition software, Leafsnap helps you compare your tree to a shortlist of possible matches. Your collection become part of a geo-tagged virtual forest. http://leafsnap.com/   

Bird Protection Sites

Cats and Collisions -  discover ways you can help save birds lives   https://naturecanada.ca/cats-collisions/8-tips-to-help-birds/ 
Birdsafe -  how and why to keep birds safe from daytime and nighttime bird-building collision threats, for your home and for your workplace  https://birdsafe.ca/  
FLAP Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada is a registered Canadian charity widely recognized as the pre-eminent authority on the bird-building collision issue https://flap.org/