Outdoor Hour Nature Close To Home: Mammals and Weather

We started our study this week on my laptop enjoying the wonderful resources that the HNS Blog provides for each weeks nature challenges. The boys really enjoy the links to video’s of the different animals!! In the above picture we were watching a video about skunks.
We went out for a walk this afternoon. It ended up being a day of observing animal poop and tracks. =) We know that this picture is evidence of our chickens rooting around but before we had chickens we had seen spots like this in the woods. We didn’t know for sure what had done it, we figured it could be skunks, wild turkey’s and or many other creatures.
This picture is of an area at the top of a hill that we have on the back of our property. I decided that we were going to observe this exact scene for the next four seasons. This is a late Winter observation so I will also take a picture in the upcoming Spring, Summer, Autumn and again in the middle of the next Winter.
Here is a picture of Coyote poop. You can see fur and some bones that were not completely digested by the Coyote. We have been seeing lots of this kind evidence around lately.
Here we have deer tracks in some very thick mud right at the edge of a creek.
While we were hanging around this little creek we found lots of animal tracks along the edge of the water. The boys were exploring all around the creek and kept hollering things like “mom come look”, “more over here mom”, “wow, look at these mom”. I can’t be sure but I think they are either from a Raccoon or a Muskrat.

Mud is one of my boys favorite things you can find out in God’s creation.
Here is where we took a break, the boys ran around checking things out. They were using the magnifying glass on different things around the rocks. My oldest found some ants and they watched them for a little while. We took a few minutes to observe the weather and they sketched a picture of of what they observed.
We then took just a few minutes talking about bats while we looked at a diagram of a bats body. After that we got started on our walk again. It was a very nice day for a walk.
Three times on our walk I found what you see in the picture above. What is it? I believe it’s poop from some animal. After I described it to a couple of moms, they seemed to think it was from a Raccoon. What do you think?
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It was a wonderful time out in God’s creation with boys!! Here is a second post with more about this nature challenge =) Don’t forget to check out the HNS Blog to see these Nature Study challenges and ALL the resources (Notebook pages, Video’s, etc.) that goes along with them!!

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