Animals: Who lives in your neighborhood?
WISDOM OF THE WEEK:
When we first moved to our land, we had all sorts of ideas about how our human infrastructure would look. But we learned many lessons once we got to know the animals who were already living here. Check out the video below to hear how the story panned out:
Head outside and see if you can find any signs of a wild animal. It could be tracks, or scat, or anything…
What other signs might you find?
When you find something, use your field guide to discover which animals left their mark.
Take your journal and field guide and explore!
Here’s a game you can play this week with your family or friends…
BEAR SALMON MOSQUITO
(An animal version of Rock Paper Scissors)
Number of players: 4 or more
Supplies needed: Means to mark center line and 2 safety zones (Sticks, handkerchiefs, etc.)
Grab your family or a group of friends, and split up into two groups.
Decide together what the action should be for the 3 animals.
Here are some examples:
Who eats whom? There is a particular relationship between these 3 animals, right?
Bear eats Salmon
Salmon eats Mosquito
Mosquito eats Bear!
1. First, mark out a middle line and then 2 lines about 20 feet back in either direction, to mark the “safety zone” for each team.
2. Next, each team huddles quietly to decide which animal their team is going to be, then they meet at the middle line and on the count of 3, both teams strike the pose!
3. Then, the side who eats the other, tries to tag as many from the opposing team as possible. Anyone tagged joins the other team. Keep going until everyone is on one team!
Here’s how it looks in action:
Meeting in the middle:
Bears VS. Salmon!
Bears in HOT PURSUIT
of the Salmon!
(Choose one each day and either answer together around the meal table, or write about it in your family nature journal)
1. How does your human behavior influence the animals in your neighborhood?
2. How do the animals in your area affect YOUR life?
3. What are some ways you can support the animals who live in your neighborhood?
4. What role do the animals you found this week play in the eco-system?
5. How did the weather this week affect the animals in your neighborhood?
6. What are some of your favorite animals and why?
7. What changes did you notice in nature this week?
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