I’m still turning to nature for comfort and distraction this week, and so are a lot of my friends. Karen from Massachusetts sent me this photo, which she took on the banks of a pond, right next to something that looked like a beaver lodge. We did a little online research and our guess: beaver scat!
Why take a photo of beaver scat? For one thing, it helped us to identify the scat back at home, using field guides and online animal tracking websites. For another, it helps us keep track of our animal neighbors, which is something I’ve been doing for a long time. In case you missed it, here’s a video explaining the idea. Feel free to share it with your friends and families who are safe-at-home and looking for something new to do.
Here’s another great Flora & Fauna find, this one from Amy in Massachusetts. These are wood frogs in the frenzy of spring mating season. What a photo! Thanks so much for letting me share it, Amy. 🐸
Keep getting outside, friends, as you’re able. Breathe some fresh air, soak up some sunshine, or some rain, or some snow, and let nature do its thing for you. If you find something you’d like to share, I’d love to see it.
For all my New England friends creating Flora & Fauna books, I hope you woke up excited this morning, because this snow? It’s the perfect animal tracking tool! If there were animals walking around your neighborhood last night, you’ll find their prints in the snow covering your yard, park, or sidewalk.
Up above are a couple photos I snapped on my back porch last night, just as the snow was starting to fall where I live. That beautiful line of tracks? A wee bird.
A thousand thanks to all of you who have watched, shared, and commented on my #kidlitquarantine video, The Flora and Fauna of Your Place. As if your kind responses weren’t exciting enough, kids and adults alike are starting to send me pictures of what they’re finding in their own neighborhoods, and it is thrilling. Check out what Ellie from Massachusetts found over the weekend …