Human & Animal Migration - Infographic
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Every year, much of Western Canada’s bird population heads south for the winter, seeking warmer climates.
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The most famous of these birds may be the Canadian goose, which lets out a distinctive “honk” as it flies overhead in “v” formation. These elegant – though noisy – birds head to the southern U.S. to wait out the winter.
The Fox Sparrow likes to spend its time looking for seeds and insects, but when the weather cools down in Canada, it too likes to head south. This little critter prefers the southeastern U.S.
The Townsend Warbler is a small, beautiful songbird that makes its home in Western Canada. In the winter, this rather discerning bird usually flocks to a slim part of the California coastline, but sometimes even makes it as far south as Central America.
Other Canadian Natives
The lynx could probably make it through the cold Canadian winter, but this feline heads down to the northern U.S. to follow its food – the snowshoe hare.
Caribou also make long trips south when things get cold. Usually, they wait until weather conditions like severe storms make things too chilly up north before travelling toward their winter ranges. During the summer, Caribou travel more than 965 kilometers!
Some whales even leave Canadian waters in search of warmer climates. While Orca whales usually stay up north, the Grey and Humpback whales tend to move south to the Baja Peninsula off the coast of Mexico.
Canada’s wildlife isn’t the only group that likes a little bit of fun in the sun during the colder months. Every year, millions of Western Canadian residents move south for the winter. The most popular U.S. states for these “snowbirds” are Florida, Arizona, California, Texas and Hawaii, according to The Canadian Snowbird Association.
The CSA recently helped to pass legislation that will allow snowbirds to extend their international stays to as long as seven months without giving up their provincial healthcare coverage. This comes in response to a survey of Alberta residents, who were asked if they would like longer international coverage – 97 percent said yes. The legislation is effective immediately, extending coverage to up to 212 days abroad. Enjoy the sunshine!