|Tons of good snail info here:|
Bird song surrounds us nearly every moment now in the woods. Kids ask about and are beginning to recognize the long warbling trill of the Winter Wren and the complicated roller coaster ride-like song of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The also know eagle and love to gaze upwards to try to catch a peak of him soaring above our corner of the forest. Raven made an appearance a few days this month, flying right into the forest to check us out. Kids are also familiar with the rat-a-tat-tat of the Red-breasted Sap Sucker, telling me when they heard one or spotted one hopping up and down a tree trunk. One student even spotted some Red-breasted Sapsucker holes bored high-up into the bark of a hemlock tree that towers over our creek.
We had little rain this month, so our creek was an infrequent visitor. The little ones have enjoyed exploring the dry creek bed and have discovered lots of snails, worms, and slugs under rocks and near this area. They have also really seemed to like climbing down waterfalls and steeper sections of the creek that normally are pretty
|dry creek being explored|
We had a rainy day and the children were thrilled to be able to stomp in rain puddles again and welcome their friend the creek back. It was almost like not having the rain for a stretch made them sit up and notice it's intricacies. One kid pointed to droplets hanging from green moss that seemed to glow and exclaimed, "look! little lights!"