With spring approaching, something fun we like to do is explore how nature is changing around us. With a wooded area nearby, we have the opportunity to view the changes in the trees, the animal wildlife, and the way the weather starts to wake up the woods. We explore ant hills, snake holes (carefully), and hunt for toads.
We search for tracks and listen for birds. We write down what we see and sounds we hear. We draw pictures of the observations we make. We then take this information inside to the computer and start with our research. It was by listening to a bird outside and then doing a little web search that we were able to find that a Chuck-will’s Widow lives somewhere nearby. He has a rather interesting call that seems to go into the night.