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Canada Goose: Explore Trends With Data

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Canada Goose: Explore Trends With Data

In this activity, learners will explore trends in Canada goose populations using real data from the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Objectives include learning the differences between migratory and resident Canada goose populations, graphing geese population numbers with historical count data and predicting Canada goose population trends in your area.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • graphing paper
  • computer with Internet access


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Biodiversity
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Citizen Science
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Lawrence, Lisa Ayers


  • Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program,

Funding Source:

  • Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program


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