Many animals leave signs that they have been around. This activity will have you identifying the signs that tell you what it may be and how you can track them.
You will need: Sketchpad and pencil or a camera
Optional: A pocket microscope
What to look for…
This activity suggests that you observe only. Touching is not recommended.
Insects: Look for plants and leaves that have been chewed. Trees with holes. Watch a patch of flowers being pollinated. Movement in the grass. Eggs under leaves. Various stages of larvae. Listen for them. Look for evidence of insect scat as well.
Spiders: Look for their webs between trees and under things. Each spider makes a unique web and can be identified by it if they are not present.
Birds: Look in trees for nests, listen for them. Make a bird feeder and bring them to you. Look up in the sky or on the ground. Watch them on the beach and near water too.
Mammals: Look for tracks in the dirt, mud or in puddles, on the sidewalk, in the grass. Look for their scat, but don’t touch it.
Reptiles: Snakes can be found sunning themselves at various points of the day. Approaching them is not recommended. Observe only.
Lizards can be found running around in gardens and sunning themselves in the morning.
Amphibians: Look on land and near water. Look for them at night near a porch light.
Fish/Sealife: Watch the water for signs of jumping, schooling and feeding. Some areas may have shrimp or crabs running during certain times of the year. Look for fins out of the water as well. You might be able to catch a dolphin surfing in some areas!
Places to visit…
The beach, a pond, lake, inlets, woods, your back yard, gardens, the park, near lights at night, etc..
Times to look…
Early in the morning, at dusk, early evening. Listen throughout the day.
Bring a friend!
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