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This section is divided based on the season in which the birds can be seen. Alberta is a cold and snowy province during the winter. Summer residents are the most plentiful but the year round residents include some of our favorites:
Each section is further divided so the birds are grouped into their orders and families -- in other words, all the different types of ducks (for example) are grouped together.
A few of the bird names in the Year Round Residents have a link. By clicking this link, you'll be taken to more information about that bird, photos of the bird and/or printable worksheets.
Our family is by no means made up of expert bird watchers (4 and 8 year olds aren't the stealthiest bird watchers), but our joy every time we manage to identify a bird more than makes up for our lack of training. Kaitlyn (age 4) is the one who started our bird watching hobby and she has eagerly identified everything from Canada Geese to Rufous Hummingbirds. Her love of birds has prompted the rest of us to learn all we can about the fine feathered friends in our province -- hopefully our answers can keep up with her questions!
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Scientists group plants and animals in order to keep things organized. This method of grouping is called the Linnaean System which is made up of an organism's Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species. The system is a hierarchy. The more parts of the system that match for two animals or plants, the more similar those animals are.
An animal class is made up of animals that are all alike in important ways. Scientists have grouped animals into classes to make it easier to study them. Birds are one of the animal classes. The scientific name for this class is Aves.
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