Last month we had the opportunity to go on a field trip with a Forest Service wildlife biologist and look at animal activity as we move into the winter months. It was quite fascinating and we all learned a great deal. I thought I knew a lot about this subject, but I was surprised at how much more I now will be aware of when out in the woods. Josiah had a job cutting wood that day with a friend so I ended up just taking Hailey. It was our first field trip with just the two of us and we had a good time. It went right along with the things we've been studying in the Prairie Primer.
The biologist, Mark, passed around an deer antler and an elk antler and explained the difference between antlers and horns. Hailey's dear friend, Hannah, was by her side the entire field trip. The had a great time hiking together.
The kids were tearing apart this large fallen log in hopes of finding a salamander. No such luck, but they had fun trying!
This was our big find of the day, a bear track! The claws are pointing down in this picture. Our homeschool group was so large we split up into two groups. The other group saw a cougar track!
I had never heard of a squirrel midden before. Basically it is a squirrel's garbage pile. It is made of things like ripped up pine cones as the squirrel eats the seeds out of the cone. They can be quite large. This one surrounds the squirrel's hole.
Mark brought some different track molds so we could make our own animal tracks. It was really neat. This was a bear track.
Throwing a few rocks in the creek as we walked along it. It was snowing and beautiful outside without being too cold. Of course the kids got muddy.
I think this pic says it all. Whew, we were all tired by the end of the trip, but it was a good kind of tired. So glad we went! I always love it when we can get out into the real classroom of life :)