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Wikipedia: Optical Illusion – Explains what an illusion is and how it works.
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!
|June Bug by Fran W.|
A June bug, sometimes called a May or June beetle, is a type of scarab beetle that can be found all over North America. They can usually be seen swarming lights at night in late May or early June.
Hunt for June bugs…
Look for June bugs around your porch light at night or grab a flashlight and look for them in trees and bushes. Collect a few in a clean jar with holes in the top and use tweezers to examine them gently. Normally these bugs do not bite, so you can pick them up in order to get to know them a little better as well. After studying them for a little while with a magnifying glass, snap a picture, then let them go.
During the day, they can often be found walking in grass or dead in a bucket of water, a pool, or pool filter. If you find one, pick it up with tweezers so you can examine it more closely with a magnifying glass.
Learn more about June bugs by reading and watching the information offered below.
Find out what they eat, how they develop, how long they live, where they can be found, and what sounds they make.
Observe how a June bug acts and what it looks like.
Identify some of the other bugs and animals that are out at night in addition to the June bug.
Start a collection if you find dead bugs.
Draw a picture of a June bug and where you found or saw it.
Bug Facts: June Bug – Information about where June bugs can be found, what they eat, look like, and their stages of development.
Wikipedia: June Bug – Life cycle information. Also: Phyllophaga
Wikipedia: Woodpecker – General characteristics, distribution, habitat and movements, behavior: diet and feeding, breeding, and systematic evolution.
All About Birds: Woodpeckers and Allies – Site includes the following info – A variety of woodpeckers, their identification, life history, and a sample of the sounds they make. Some videos have been included for some of the woodpeckers as well.
Defenders: Woodpeckers: Basic Facts – Info includes – Diet, population, range, behavior, reproduction, and protection status.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Article:
Woodpecker Images in the Late Prehistoric Southeast
FranW.com: Bird Watching Activities – Offers a variety of ideas for bringing birds to your yard.
Fall & Winter
Articles & Information
Defenders: Sharks: Basic Facts – Basic facts, dietary information, population, behavior, protection status, and more.
Wikipedia: Sharks – Etymology, evolution, anatomy, physiology, senses, history and more.
USA Today: Article: Virtual reality gives stunning 350-degree view of great white sharks – Information about the company that did the project video.
Shark Sider.com: This site offers a lot of great information about sharks including: Types of Sharks, shark anatomy, history of sharks, facts & FAQ’s, and a shark blog.
National Geographic: Sharks – Page offers information about sharks, including informative videos, and an online puzzle.
Shark Friends: Swimming – Facts about the way sharks swim, including why they can not swim backward.
Shark Savers – Shark’s Teeth – How many teeth does a shark have in a lifetime?
Prehistoric Wildlife: Top 10 Prehistoric Sharks – Find out some information about prehistoric sharks.
Kidzone: Sharks – Shark activities, facts and pictures.
Enchanted Learning: All About Sharks – Includes: Size, anatomy, varieties, skeleton, teeth, diet and more.
Birds and Blooms: Make Color-Changing Pine Cones for your fireplace.
Homeschool Ideas: Homeschool Science: Colored Pine Cones
BackyardParent: Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Crafty Morning: Pine Cone Crafts for Kids
Bren Did: How To Prepare Pine Cones For Crafts
Doodles & Jots: Turn a bunch of pine needles into a paint brush.
Native Tech: Pine Needle Tea
Home Talk: Homemade Pine Needle Facial Toner & Tartan Pine Needle Sachets
Urban Comfort: Evergreen Imprinted Clay Dishes
Survival Life: 5 Survival Uses of Pine Resin
Pine Needle Vinegar: Evergreen Scented Vinegar
Krokotak: FALL STARS from Chestnut Leaf Stalks – Pine needle star craft.
Survival Topics: Edible Pine Bark
eHow: DIY Winter Solstice Lanterns
Trendy Tree: Lighted Pinecone Branch Centerpiece
HowStuff Works: Pine Twig Trivet
7 DIY Ways To Make Your House Smell Amazing For The-Holidays
One Acre Farm: 4 Wild Winter Teas & A Chocolate Drink
Macmillan McGraw-Hill: Life Cycle Of A Pine Tree – Video and pictures.
Boundless: Life Cycle of a Conifer
Native Plants & Wildlife: Life Cycle of the Long-Leaf Pine Tree
DIY Sawmills: Turning Logs Into Lumber for Furniture
|An animation of a typical human red blood cell.|
Wikipedia: Blood – Explains what blood is, its function, and parts. This site has information about Red Blood Cells as well.
HowStuffWorks: How Blood Works – What makes up blood? How does the body make blood? Find out in this article. Scroll through the pages with the arrows on the top and bottom of the article.
The Franklin Institute: Your Living Blood – Information includes: It’s Alive, Blood Vessels, Red & White Blood Cells, All About Scabs, What types: What’s the Difference? and other topics.
America’s Blood Center: What is Blood? – Infographics explain how blood works.
University of Rochester Medical Center: What Are Red Blood Cells? – What are red blood cells?, Red Blood Cells At Work, Nutrition and Red Blood Cells, and Illnesses of the Red Blood Cells.
Related Posts on Fran’s World of Discovery…
Human Heart Resource Page
Fake Blood & Scabs
|Gray Wolf Pups by spacebirdy / CC-BY-SA-3.0|
Sheppard Software: Wolves – Information about appearances, character and behavior, reproduction and classification. Site offers some pictures.
National Geographic Kids: Gray Wolf – Pictures, facts, maps and more.
Wolves of the World – Site offers pictures of wolves around the world.
Animal Corner: Wolf Anatomy – Labeled parts and information.
Running With The Wolves – Anatomy – Labeled pictured, includes reproductive organs.
Wolf Haven: Anatomy and Habitat – Physical description: Bones, teeth, tracks, and more.
Wikipedia: Wolves in Folklore, Religion and Mythology – Cultural beliefs.
Native American Wolf Mythology – Names of Native American Wolf Gods and Spirits and Native American Legends About Wolves
Wolf Country: Myths, Legends, & Stories: Site offers 20 wolf related stories. This site offers 11 tracks of wolf sounds as well.
Living With Wolves: Tackling the Myths – 5 myths about wolves.
Videos & Cams
Click on the playlist to see video names.
|Photo by: D. Gordon E. Robertson|
More YouTube Videos
Welcome Wildlife.com: All About Frogs & Toads – Article talks about the differences between frogs and toads. Also talks about what the moisture on a frog’s skin is and why they have a sticky tongue.
Pawnation: Are The Hind Legs or Forelegs More Important in Landing For a Frog? – Find out under what circumstances a frog depends on its hind legs and forelegs to land.
New Scientist: Friction Helps Frogs Stick to Ceiling – Article about how frogs use different methods to stick to things.
|Frog žába Self-published work by Ervín Pospíšil|
Pawnation: Types Of Underwater Frogs – Site offers information about frogs that live in water in their adult stage of life. The Congo Dwarf Clawed Frog, Western Dwarf Clawed Frog, African Clawed Frog, Western Clawed Frog.
FishChannel.com: Choosing an Aquatic Frog – Article offers helpful information about purchasing an aquatic frog as a pet.
Aquatic Frogs: In Depth Information on Common Aquatic Clawed Frogs – Site offers information about a variety of aquatic clawed frogs.
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