Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mystery Critter #7

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Saturday means one thing around here – Mystery Critter! A fun little game I like to play with my beloved readers — a time to put your wildlife knowledge and love of games to to good use, and to encourage you to get outside and see what nature has in store in your neck of the woods.

So, here we go. Put on those thinking caps and see if you can solve this week’s mystery. Good luck — and no cheating!


  • I am the most wide-spread of my kind in North America;
  • I have yellow and red stripes;
  • I range in size from 4 to 9 inches;
  • My preferred habitat is streams, rivers, and lakes; and
  • I nest May-July.

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

This week’s Mystery Critter is not hard to spot if you go to a body of water, and can even be found in public parks and gardens. If if you don’t spot one, you will no doubt find plenty of wildlife near you. Grab the kids and go for a hike to see what you can see. And let folks know about it! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations.

Until next week, my nature detectives! Don’t forget to make time to unplug and #playoutdoors.

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

Creative Commons License photo credit: *spud*

TGSG Interview by Gina Chen

If you are on Twitter like me, you will not be surprised that this interview opportunity came up via a tweet or two. Our world, as vast and varied as it is, becomes smaller and smaller through the world of social media. For me, it’s been a great way to meet like minded people, learn about amazing resources, and be challenged to broaden my horizons on a daily basis. Which, as an educator and a life-long learner, is really what it is all about.

Big thanks to my fellow blogger and tweeter, Gina Chen, for interviewing me for the Family Life.

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

Frolic Friday #12 (It’s Just Ducky!)

Mother Duck and her ducklings

Really? You would think about missing baby ducks?

What’s that you say? You are ready to have some fun? We’ll, you’re in luck, since it’s Frolic Friday here at TGSG. I am  prepared to give you all a hall pass from the so-called adult world for a bit. Enough work, errand-running, and staying on top of your To Do List. It’s time to put a check mark next to fun and #playoutdoors.

So, let’s get to it! Join me and TGSG community as we kick off our shoes — actual, or metaphorical, depending on where you live — and get down to the business of some serious play. Grab the kids in your world and show them how fun is done.

Why not…

  • Visit a botanical garden or arboretum near you;
  • Go on a breakfast picnic. Grab your coffee, something yummy to eat, and take a good book or the newspaper and have a relaxing morning perched in a pretty spot of your choosing; or
  • Check out a nearby pond, lake or water garden — it’s baby duck and geese season here in the USA!

As always, it doesn’t matter what you do. Just unplug, head outside, and GO PLAY! See what Mother Nature is up to. Relax. Get some fresh air and have some fun. I promise, that To Do List will be there when you get back — and the world will not stop spinning if everything doesn’t get done today.  After all, life is for living. And remember — you have an official Grass Stain Guru Hall Pass.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, there are baby ducks for me to check on. Care to join me?

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

Creative Commons License photo credit: spyder239

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