SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canadian Wildlife Federation

SOURCE: Canadian Geographic Education

Can Geo Education

April 10, 2015 11:00 ET

Giant Floor Map Lets Canadians Get Wild About Migration

Canada's First Giant Floor Map of North, Central and South America Brings Wildlife Migration to Life

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - April 10, 2015) - Canadians across the country will be kicking off their shoes to explore the migratory paths of at-risk wildlife on the Wild Migrations giant floor map, a new Canadian Wildlife Federation public and classroom educational project, in partnership with Canadian Geographic Education. The map will officially launch to the public in Halifax on April 11 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and April 12 at the Halifax Farmers Market. 

The Wild Migrations is Canada's first giant floor map of North, Central and South America and showcases the international migratory routes of 20 species that are all currently listed as at-risk in Canada, including the burrowing owl, polar bear, leatherback sea turtle and monarch butterfly.

Measuring 11 metres by 8 metres, roughly half the size of a school gymnasium, the heavy duty vinyl floor map is a free resource offered to Canadian youth leaders and teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The map comes complete with a guide featuring 10 curriculum-linked activities and a trunk of additional supplies to create a fun and interactive experience for people of all ages. 

"Wildlife knows no borders. The giant floor map truly puts in perspective some of the incredible migrations that our wildlife make like the chimney swift that flies from Canada to countries in South America like Peru and Brazil every year," says Wade Luzny, CWF CEO and Executive Vice-President. "This innovative program will inspire Canadians to know more about our Canadian wildlife and habitats, and the at-risk species that need our help the most. It is through these types of initiatives that we will create the next generation of wildlife stewards."

"The Wild Migrations giant floor map offers an unprecedented way to learn about wildlife through a geographical lens. Whether its wildlife or human journeys, a map is an essential means for understanding the concept of migration. Canadian Geographic is excited and proud to be part of this project," says Gilles Gagnier, Publisher and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Geographic Enterprises. "Wild Migrations supports 21st century education by combining environmental awareness and geographic literacy in a powerful and unique learning resource."

The Wild Migrations giant floor map will be touring schools and communities across the country from 2015 to 2017. To book the map for a school or community, please contact Christine Kelly, 1-877-599-5777 ext 239.

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

About Canadian Geographic Education (CG Education)
Canadian Geographic Education is the educational network of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, one of Canada's largest educational organizations. CG Education programs aim to strengthen geographic education in the classroom and to increase the emphasis on geography within the school system. Through innovative programming with a wide range of public and private sector partners, CG Education endeavours to foster geographic engagement and increase the public awareness of geographical literacy.

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Contact Information

  • For information about the Wild Migration giant floor map program, contact:
    Christine Kelly 
    Canadian Wildlife Federation
    Tel: 613.599.9594 ext. 217
    christinek@cwf-fcf.org 

    Pam Logan
    Canadian Wildlife Federation
    Tel: 613.599.9594 ext. 250
    Mobile: 613.222.1405
    paml@cwf-fcf.org

    Deb Chapman
    Royal Canadian Geographical Society/Canadian Geographic Magazine
    Tel: 613.745.4629 ext. 160
    Mobile: 613.299.8995 
    chapman@rcgs.org