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Habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use are contributing to sharp declines in global bird and bee populations. To protect ecosystems and maintain biodiversity humans must become actively involved in reversing this trend. This outdoor activity involves students in enhancing backyard habitats with clean water sources for local birds and bees by building bird baths from recycled materials. This project engages pupils in caring for nature while demonstrating how young environmental citizens can make a difference in the future of our planet.
This activity complements Grade 3-6 Science lessons exploring habitat components, habitat loss, biodiversity and human impacts on the environment. Students will also develop an understanding of how environmental stewardship supports sustainability.
The outline for this activity suggests installing the baths in local backyards but a class could also expand this project by creating a bird and bee garden on school grounds. Community volunteers could assist with establishing flowering and seed producing native plants, constructing and erecting birdhouses, adding water sources and creating homemade bee "hotels". Nature Conservancy Canada has plans for these hotels on their website.
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