3 results for tag: British Columbia


Why Are Fish Shaped The Way They Are?

What is a fish? A fish is a vertebrate (an animal with a backbone) that lives in water. There are more fish than any other kind of vertebrate - not surprising since our planet is mostly water. Now to our question – why ARE fish shaped the way they are? To answer that, it is important to understand the environment in which fish live. This affects their shape and how they survive. First of all, fish are cold-blooded animals. Mammals, including humans, are ‘warm-blooded’- their bodies can control their own temperature. Mammals can grow a layer of fat or fur to protect them from the cold, or they can take shelter in a cave. If they get hot, ...

Book review and draw: Dive in! Exploring our connection with the ocean

The key message of a new book for the 9-12-year-olds, Dive in!, by the BC-based author, Ann Eriksson, is that everything is connected and our lives are intrinsically linked to the ocean environment. The ocean provides half the oxygen we breathe; it feeds us, creates our weather and provides us with drinking water.  But as is evident through the images that we now see and the stories that we hear on a daily basis, soups of plastic debris, overfishing, rising sea levels and pollution are creating big trouble for our oceans and its inhabitants, and for us. However, there is so much that kids of all ages can do to help keep the ocean healthy. This ...

Staying alive through the winter

Winter is on its way to BC – the Lower Mainland is not usually very cold, but the rest of BC can be ver-r-r-y cold indeed. So how do living things keep on living through the cold? We humans have lots of ways to keep warm during winter – warm homes, warm clothes, warm food: our neighbours in nature are often not so lucky and have found different ways to survive. Birds Many birds migrate – they just wing off south to warmer climates until winter up here is over, then they come back to lay eggs and raise their young. Other birds like chickadees, jays and nuthatches stay around and store food to feed themselves through the winter. These ...