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In the summer we do natural science. ( anything that occurs around us where ever we may be that can be defined as science)
All photos in this post are by our family.
We will be making a nature notebook with homemade paper and some sort of natural binding. This notebook will house notes and observations on animals and plants in our neighborhood.
- History of Paper Making
http://www.paperonline.org/history/history_frame.html ( great timeline)
- How to Make Paper
I use the plastic grids for yarn crafts found at the fabric or craft store instead of screen.
http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf71713276.tip.html ( paper you can plant )
- Nature Journals ( there are so many ways to do this )
The Food Web ( how does this work in our neighborhood, Our park, our yard, the pond)
General sites on the Food Web
Food Web in the Forest
Food Web in the Soil
Food Web in the Pond
- Animals ( we know these are in our neighborhood )
- Rock Dove ( pigeon)
- Cow Bird
White Throated Sparrow
- American Gold Finch
These photos were taken through our very old lead glass windows looking down on our wildflower garden. We have tried to get close while outside to get photos of this beauty but she always flies away. The day we shot these there were 2 males and this female in the garden.
We love to watch bats in the early evening. They are so quiet and quick. The prey does not stand a chance!
http://www.eparks.org/wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts/bats/bat_house.asp ( build a bat house)
http://www.batcon.org/bhra/bhcriter.html ( build a bat house)
http://www.batworld.org/bcs/BWbathouseplans.pdf ( build a bat house)
http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/bats.php ( has sound of bats)
- Snapping Turtle
We have an abundance of these in our neighborhood park. Our first year in the neighborhood we rescued an injured one. When we returned him to the pond we put fingernail polish on his back so we could identify him.
General Info in Venomous Snakes in America
- Water Moccasin Snake
Yes we took this picture. My daughter was just three and she wanted to pet this snake. We know God was watching over her! We were several yards behind her on the trail and we hear
" Oh look a pretty snake" He was about to molt and quite sluggish. Note the dull coat.
Rat Snake ( I really do not like these! )
Beetles ( sites for identification purposes)
- Wood Borer Beetles
- Eyed Click Beetle
Today we found an Eyed Click Beetle. Cool little dude! He was being pursued by a Cardinal. My 11yo set off to save him. Here are some sites with information on the Eyed Click Beetle.
Photos by my 11yo.
- Plants ( both natural and man planted)
Some sites on general information on plants and fun activities.
Black Eyed Susan We grow these in our wildflower garden. Pictures by my 11yod
Coreopsis These are also in our wildflower garden. Photos by our 11yod
Queen Anne's Lace We started with one plant and now have to cull each year! Photos by our 11yod.
http://www.gardenstategardener.com/roadsidedaylilies.htm Ours started out as these but crossed with the middle picture ( I do not have a clue...we bought it at lowes) and are now doubles. ( third picture)
photos by our 11yod
Bachelor Buttons or Cornflower
http://ipm.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/cency.htm Our state tech college identifies this as a weed!
photos by our 11yod
Prickly Pear Cactus
We use to live in the desert. ( Death Valley area) So it is only natural that we would have cactus in our yard. This prickly pear is the result of a single leave found by my oldest son on the side of road about 15 years ago. The plant is now very large and blesses us each year with beautiful blooms. I know it is an edible plant but have never had the desire to try it!
Photos by my 21yos
Photos by our 11yod