Hi all.

Just wanted to let you know of a way to get kids out there in nature. It involves a smart-phone so that may just be the encouragement they need!

I've recently created a resource (wildlifelog.org) that allows you to record what you see, keep a track of it and share it with friends.

As parents, what you can do is create a "ticklist" of what you expect you might see (and things you might not). You can print off your list and tick off the things you see. Or you can enter your sightings directly and see your completion rate go up.

As teachers, you can use it the same way to encourage kids to explore the natural world and become familiar with what's out there.

I love nature and the natural world and am finding, even myself, that by recording what you see, you really learn more about the natural world. And it can be fun (of course)!


Let me know what you think. Feedback from the kids would be great.

All the best, Steve - WildlifeLog.org

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Thanks Steve!  I just registered and pinned the wildlifelog page to the start menu on my phone so we can access it easily.  I wish we'd had this the other day when we saw a big lizard...a really big lizard!  I'm sure the kids will enjoy sharing and I'll let you know what they think.

Julie

Hi Julie.

Great, that sounds good. I've just uploaded a list of lizards for you to tick off. If there's any missing, you can add to it or let me know. I'll add pictures as they get logged. Have a look here : http://www.wildlifelog.org/ticklists/24

Hope it goes well, Steve.

Julie Osborn Garner said:

Thanks Steve!  I just registered and pinned the wildlifelog page to the start menu on my phone so we can access it easily.  I wish we'd had this the other day when we saw a big lizard...a really big lizard!  I'm sure the kids will enjoy sharing and I'll let you know what they think.

Julie

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the lizard list!  I couldn't positively identify our sighting after the fact, but I look forward to keeping the app handy for future sightings.  We were also delighted to log our sighting of two javelinas (collared peccaries) near the Tonto Natural Bridge yesterday.  Again, we used the app after the fact (there was no cell service in the area), and I think we got all the data straight.  I'm just not sure if the location came out right on the map.  Also, I thought it might be useful to enter the time of the sighting.  Like many animals, the javelinas were out and about in the late afternoon/early evening time frame.  Seeing them and then recording the sighting was a great experience for the kids.  Our ten-year-old son was particularly interested in the technology.  He gets excited when I let him use a computer or my phone and I'm happy to have a nature-related app for that!

On a related note... I just want to check that I'm using the proper terminology as I'm a little tech-challenged myself!  I used the term "app" for the wildlifelog.org resource, accessed through my phone.  Is that accurate?  What's the best way to describe it?


Julie Osborn Garner said:

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the lizard list!  I couldn't positively identify our sighting after the fact, but I look forward to keeping the app handy for future sightings.  We were also delighted to log our sighting of two javelinas (collared peccaries) near the Tonto Natural Bridge yesterday.  Again, we used the app after the fact (there was no cell service in the area), and I think we got all the data straight.  I'm just not sure if the location came out right on the map.  Also, I thought it might be useful to enter the time of the sighting.  Like many animals, the javelinas were out and about in the late afternoon/early evening time frame.  Seeing them and then recording the sighting was a great experience for the kids.  Our ten-year-old son was particularly interested in the technology.  He gets excited when I let him use a computer or my phone and I'm happy to have a nature-related app for that!

Hi Julie.

Thanks a lot for the feedback. It great to see you're using the site and the kids are enthusiastic about it. I really hope that they'll get something out of it and in many years to come will think back to using it.

I do think that adding the time of day would be a good idea, so I'll add that at some point. Good suggestion.

Technically, it's not really an app as such (like you have on your iPhone) but I don't mind you calling it that. You may have noticed it looks like on on your cell-phone.

You may also have noticed that if at first, there isn't a picture, there will be once something gets logged. I didn't think anyone would be logging a javelina so that's great to see.

Hope it goes well,

Regards, Steve.

Hi Stephen, 

I hope you don't mind I shared your site with the following comment on Richard's new Wonder Bowl article:

THE WONDER BOWL: Ten Spring and Summer Nature Activities for Kids a...

I loved reading the wonderful Wonder Bowl article and all the comments that follow! These are great ideas to connect us with nature as well as an inspiration for us to connect and share with each other. Along these lines is another idea I learned of through the C&NN Natural Families Forum. A fellow member, Stephen Bradley, created a website wildlifelog.org that seems to incorporate elements of nature lists, journals and guide books. Our family has tried it, likes it and shares in the excitement, but I’m sure Stephen can explain it best. Here’s a link to his post on this site. http://childrenandnature.ning.com/group/natureclubsforfamilies/foru...
Thank you again to Stephen Bradley and to everyone for sharing!

Hi Julie.

Thanks for that. If anyone has any questions about how to use the site, please get in touch:

http://www.wildlifelog.org/about/contact

Regards,

Steve.

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