Follow the Guide
While exploring this site, your students can gather information that will support learning on the following concepts, as presented in the Common Framework of Science Learning Outcomes, K to 12 (Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, 1997).
Photo galleries offer a close-up look at many of the organisms of the Rideau River, from the Great Blue Heron to tiny invertebrates. (Fish, Mussels, Aquatic Invertebrates, Amphibians, Reptiles, Aquatic Birds, Algae, Aquatic Plants and Exotic Species).
Meet the Relatives provides information on characteristics, habitat needs, life cycles and unique features of common families of fish, aquatic birds, amphibians, reptiles and several types of aquatic invertebrates.The Health of the River
Further explore the diversity of aquatic life as you navigate along the River. Discover how the plants and animals are doing and learn about the quality of the water. (Smiths Falls to Burritts Rapids, Burritts Rapids to Long Island, Long Island to Hogs Back and Hogs Back to the Rideau Falls).Biodiversity
Explore the concept of biodiversity with your students by asking them: What is biodiversity?, Why should we be concerned?
If the freshwater system is of interest to your students, they can find out about the natural components of water and about the quality of the water in the Rideau River.
Rather like an ecosystem, the Project relied on the collaboration of many participants; the involvement of community partners was essential. Find out more about the origins and goals of this multidisciplinary and innovative project, as well as the research methodology used by the scientists.
Get into Action!
For the action-oriented, we offer simple things you can do to help the River. You can also contact a community group actively involved in its conservation. Your school may want to adopt a river, monitoring its health and taking action to protect it.
Resources have been assembled for further inquiries: downloadable documents, Web links, a bibliography, and a glossary.
At a Glance
After many years of research on the Rideau River, we have a lot of information to share; to quickly find information that interests you, consult the site map.
|Last Update: 2007-05-22|
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