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.
- 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:
- 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, 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.