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Follow the Red Knot!
Activities for kids

Exhibition dates

June 20 to September 20, 2015


Become an explorer in Picturing the Americas with the Red Knot field guide for families. The Red Knot, an amazing bird that migrates from Tierra de Fuego to the Arctic, will guide you past waterfalls and snowy scenes in the North to tropical forests and cities in the South. Through fun facts and activities, and suggestions for further activities at home, learn about the rich and varied landscapes of the Americas and something about the people who lived here first.

Pick up your field guide at the entrance to the exhibition, and once inside keep an eye out for the Red Knot icon!

What's inside the guide? Some examples

Fun facts

  • The Red Knot is the largest of the “peeps” (small sandpipers) in North America. It is also one of the most colourful.
  • The Red Knot makes one of the longest yearly migrations of any bird, travelling 15,000 kilometres (9,300 miles) from its Arctic breeding grounds to Tierra del Fuego in southern South America.
  • One of the greatest threats to Red Knots today is a lack of horseshoe crab eggs to eat at Delaware Bay, an important stopover and refuelling point on the Red Knot’s migration path.

In-gallery activities
Your turn! Become an explorer in this room: look carefully at the paintings and draw a plant you like.

Take-away activities
At home: Start growing something at home. All you need is a plant pot and some soil and seeds. Try something that will grow quickly, like lettuce or mint. Put the pot in the sun and give it just enough water – but not too much.

Red Knot Explorers’ Award
Once you’ve completed your exploration of the exhibition, bring your finished field guide to the main entrance, show it to an AGO staff person, and get your very own Red Knot button, designed by artist Lisa Hirmer.

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