When I write these Search Challenges....
I find that they mostly arise from questions that people ask me ("What's that wreck in the water?"), or interesting tidbits that I run across in my non-working life that intrigue me.
|The sadly extinct Steller's sea cow. Image from Wikimedia.|
One such intriguing tidbit I discovered recently is the Steller's sea cow, a large sirenian mammal that's now extinct. I'd read something about that and wondered if it was somehow connected with the Steller's jay--a common jay in the forests near where I live.
|A non-extinct Steller's Jay. Photo by Bill Walker.|
Today's Challenge, like all good Challenges, comes in three parts.
1. Are these two animals named for the same person? If so, who? Whatever became of Steller?
2. I imagine that these animals were both discovered during an exploratory voyage of some kind. Can you find out the name and organizer of the voyage that found both the Sea Cow and the jay?
3. Can you make a Google Map that shows the voyage of discovery wherein both a sea cow and a blue jay were found? Ideally, your map would show the path the explorers took and have a couple of markers showing where both the sea cow and jay were discovered (as well as any other discoveries that might be significant).
As an example, here's a map showing a portion of the Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin's famous trip around the world that gave him so much data and profoundly influenced his work on evolution.
|From Google Maps Gallery.|
This is a fun challenge full of great surprises. (Or at least I learned a great deal of fascinating natural and social history in the process.) It's not difficult, just really, really interesting.