- Visit an aquatic habitat. There's no better way to appreciate marine migrants and the challenges facing them than to visit their homes. Research guidelines on how to make the most of a field trip to a mud-flat, salt-marsh, estuary, or other habitat.
- Hold a round table. Take opposing sides in a debate about a specific problem affecting ocean migrants, such as habitat loss, invasive species, or land-based pollution.
- Give a speech. Discuss why wetlands are among the world's most productive ecosystems or five reasons why they are critical to the survival of marine migrants.
- Write a story, poem, play, or puppet show. Focus on a theme, such as a whale's-eye-view of marine debris or an arctic tern's perspective on climate change. Remember to share your creation with other young people and adults.
- Interview an Eskimo curlew. Role-play an interview between a reporter and an endangered ocean migrant.
- Hold an extinction trial. Assume the roles of judge, jury, prosecutor, defence counsel, witnesses, and defendants. Through cross-examination, determine who is responsible for the extinction of a migratory species, such as the great auk or Labrador duck.
- Create an "Our Town and the Sea" display. Use maps, aerial photos, municipal sewer plans, and river routes to demonstrate how your community is linked with ocean habitats.
- Make a statement with posters. Publicize the need to protect marine migrants and their habitats. Request permission to post them in your town hall or community centre.
- Circulate a petition. Voice your concerns about an ocean problem, such as global warming, and suggest solutions. Collect signatures from schoolmates, friends, and neighbours — the more, the better — and send the petition to the prime minister, a member of Parliament, your provincial premier, or another environmental decision-maker.
- Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Express your concerns about ocean habitats and the need to save them.
- Design T-shirts with a conservation message. Wear them around your school and community or sell them to raise money for a local group that is dedicated to protecting marine migrants and their habitats.
- Celebrate Oceans Day. Persuade your town council to declare this event.
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