Take it Outside

Turn off the screens—the television, the computer, the video games. Take time from work, from chores, from the day to day tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children take it outside. Every couple of weeks I will challenge you to see and hear new things—to hunt the woods for wildflowers, to find shapes in nature, to sit by the waterside and listen for unique sounds. So much to experience out in the world.

Signs of beaver

  • This week’s challenge: Look for signs of wildlife: trees cut by beaver, deer rubbings, squirrel nests and rabbit poop. Animals eat, drink, sleep, and play in the wild. Venture out into a forest, walk beside a pond or through a meadow, think about the animals that might live in that setting and then look for signs. Wildlife signs can be divided into the following categories:bear scat, we think 

  • Homes: nests, holes, molehills, spider webs, cocoons
  • Tracks: paw, feet, and hoof impressions in mud, sand or snow
  • Feeding: chew marks, piles of feathers or bones, empty shells,Fresh Rubbings by Deer or Elk holes in trees, piles of seed pods
  • Trails: tunnels in thicket, paths worn in meadow grass,worn or scratched areas on tree trunks and logs
  • Sightings or hearings: animals scurrying, birds chirping
  • Scat: animals poop in the woods and animal’2s scat looks different

So, open your eyes, your ears and your mind and start hunting. Let us know what you find.

Wildlife Sign Walk

Wild Kids

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0 Responses to Take it Outside

  1. Nat Fogg says:

    I think this is a lovely idea you have. I do many of the things like recycle, compost, pick up litter, use very little water in the shower, and may more and have been doing this for years.
    I think it is great to start at the grass routes the young kids.
    All my family do the same thing so the earth is making headway if we can just get cities to clean up their pollution by putting waste to energy and some are that would be great. I was told Florida does not request some areas to recycle…shame on them.
    Sun City, Fla. was one area. I have seen recycling all over 6the world now, so man is getting the idea.

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