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Bird watching, wealth, and getting eyes up...

From my blog, the Daily Bird New England...

The results of the 2011 Focus on Feeders were published this week. Focus on Feeders is a national event, sponsored in Massachusetts by…

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Added by Alexander Dunn on April 7, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Tadpoles & Frogs

 

There is just something so cute about frogs; maybe it’s because of all the fairy tales about kissing frogs and turning them into handsome princes, or maybe Kermit has done his fellow frogs a great service and turned them into the loveable fellas they are. Whatever it is the little creatures are fascinating to us and to our eager-minded little nature explorers.

Following the life cycles of frogs from tadpole to adult frog is also an excellent way of showing your children…

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Added by Wendy NatureGifts on April 7, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Autumn in The Royal

Get Outdoors Month in the Northern Hemisphere heralds the arrival of spring. Down here in the Antipodes we're heading into Autumn. Even so, April as outdoors month still makes sense; gone are the humid steamy Sydney days that for a week this year didn't drop below 30 degrees with many days exceeding 40. So autumn and spring really are the best months to be outside for any length of time. Less need to slap on the sunscreen, hats and mozzie repellent, and like today, beautiful soft and gentle…

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Added by Charley Jones on April 8, 2011 at 5:27am — No Comments

Let's Walk or Bike to School

Now that Spring is finally here, we try to walk or cycle home from school at least once a week. It takes about an hour – it’s up hill all the way!

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But boy is it worth it…

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I love the simple things in life-like sharing these precious moments with my children in nature- Magical!

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(Note: He wears a helmet when cycling!).

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Come on mum!

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Half way view.…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on April 6, 2011 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

A friendly encounter with a Canada Goose (or two!)

This photograph and story were sent to me by Wendy, a participant in one of our volunteer-led pilot programs. Thought I'd share it:…

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Added by Shirley Hunt on April 5, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Bug Watching with Children

As spring gathers speed and the clocks go forward to allow us more daylight it’s a perfect time to get out in the garden or some local woodland and do some bug watching.

Children are fascinated by bugs and love to pick them up and handle them so they can view them at close quarters.  Their different textures, shapes and colors will enthral them, let them count the legs and wings of different bugs and explain what each one is and what it does.  Take a digital camera with you so you can…

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Added by Wendy NatureGifts on April 4, 2011 at 4:41am — 1 Comment

What Is More Important?

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It’s the second week of our Spring Break. Even though the kids are on holiday, like so many mums, I still have to juggle work – illustrations to be completed, orders to be dispatched, a laundry pile to be tackled, emails to be sent and phone calls to be made.

As I sat in front of my computer replying to emails, Sam appeared, his face beaming with excitement. “Check out this squirrel mum, it came right up to me while I was on the deck”.

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The…

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Added by Marghanita Hughes on March 30, 2011 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

Falcon Watch - Incubation

It looks like SW has finished laying eggs - we hope that all 4 will hatch.  Incubation usually lasts 33 to 35 days from the date the last egg, or the second last, was laid. As you monitor the FalconCam during incubation, you will almost always see a parent covering the precious eggs, and you will see a lot of pictures that look like this:…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 30, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Mushrooms and relearning to look

I spotted this community editorial written by a local university student, and I thought it should be shared. I love that the author's friend made mushrooms out of clay and copper, and hid them around a campus building to "help people relearn to look." The author and his friend, like many of us, are aware of how society has lost touch with the environment and are sharing their concern through writing and art. Well done!…

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Added by Shirley Hunt on March 30, 2011 at 8:29am — No Comments

Take It Outside: Just One

Turn off the screens—the television, the computer, the video games. Take time from work, from chores, from the day-to-day tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children, take it outside. Every couple of weeks I will challenge you to see and hear new things—to hunt the woods for wildflowers, to find shapes in nature, to sit by the waterside and listen for unique sounds. So much to experience out in the world!

 

This week’s challenge: Just…

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Added by Ann Courcy on March 30, 2011 at 3:40am — 1 Comment

The Farewell Season

I found it this year, the farewell season.  Fumbling toward spring I happened upon it. The moment…the moment where we turn our face from winter. Hunched and pinched, we turn, we straighten.  We notice light, growth and in the past, I have run to spring. Spring with her open, crocus filled arms teaming with new life. …

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Added by Sarah Hunt on March 29, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Falcon Watch - 4 eggs

There are 4 eggs in the nestbox.…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 25, 2011 at 6:25am — No Comments

The National Parks Project

I'm very excited about an innovative project created by Parks Canada and Discovery World to recognize the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. The National Parks Project sent 39 Canadian musicians and 13 filmmakers into 13 national parks to discover their incredible beauty and to celebrate it through film and music. I missed the first part, airing on DiscoveryWorld last night at 8 pm ET but hoping to catch the next episode, and happy that it's available online: …

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Added by Shirley Hunt on March 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

THE RESTORATIVE POWER OF NATURE IN DIFFICULT TIMES

For the past couple of days, my younger son and I have been trying to cure our nature-deficit disorder. Right now, I’m sitting in bed in a Bishop, California motel that, well, isn’t the Ritz. Matthew, who is 23, is still asleep, and deeply. A few hours ago we staggered across the clumped grass and mud along the Owens River, struggled to keep our balance as 40 mph gusts tangled our…

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Added by Richard Louv on March 23, 2011 at 6:57pm — 2 Comments

Let's GO! Gallatin Valley, MT under way!

Over 20 activities will be hosted by 10+ organizations, businesses and agencies throughout April as part of our Valley-wide Let's GO! celebration. Let's GO! will be kicked off with a free showing of the new documentary PLAY AGAIN (April 1 @ 7pm). For more information on individual events and community collaborators… Continue

Added by Bobbi j Geise on March 23, 2011 at 10:49am — 2 Comments

Any Ideas?

Hey guys, as you may or may not know, we recently fired up HikeALot.com.  I have already featured a few worksheets for children to print out, with a few more in the works.  I was wondering if you had any ideas on things you would like to be featured on the web to help encourage more children to get outside.  If anyone would like to write a guest post, I'd love that.  I'm super enthusiastic about the potential, and would love to hear any comments or suggestions!

Added by Jody Elliott on March 17, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

Falcon Watch - First Egg!

As dawn was breaking this morning, SW flew into the nestbox and laid her first egg. Congratulations, SW and Boomer!

SW usually has 4 eggs, and most peregrines have three or four eggs.  Some young females may produce less and some females may have five or even seven eggs, but it seems to be…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Hook Is A Codfish" Trail Bring The Kiddo's And Swim Suit Day

"Hook Is A Codfish" Trail Bring The Kiddo's And Swim Suit Day

This is a combination event of hiking, swimming, and picknicking.  Maybe even a BBQ Day will be in order.  This is either a great hike with a wonderful swim, or a fantastic swim with a sweet hike.  This hike will lead you to a beautiful 40 foot waterfall with lovely pools beneath smaller cascades.

This is an interpretive trail…

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Added by Robyn (Kool Breeze) on May 1, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

In GPS Era, Map Reading Skills a Lost Art

 

Are GPS devices making us overly dependent on technology at the expense of learning about and orienting within our surroundings? Studies say they are. They also may be partially responsible for Nature Disconnect around the developing world.

 

There are positive aspects to GPS…

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Added by Suz Lipman on March 9, 2011 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Falcon Watch - Guarding the nesting territory

This nesting season falcon fans have been worried about challenges to Boomer and SW for their nest.  Here is SW’s new mate, Boomer.

SW’s mate from last year, Ranger, was in rehabilitation for many months after suffering serious head injuries and was finally released after his recovery in…

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Added by Deborah Mathies on March 9, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

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