Mystery Critter #67

Hello, my beloved nature detectives! It’s time to dust of the Mystery Critter game. I took a bit of a break after finding out that someone was stealing the series and publishing it as their own. But, you can’t keep a playful spirit down, so let’s dive back in!

You’ve worked hard all week, and now it’s time to play hard, and see what Mother Nature has up her sleeve.  Put on your thinking caps and let’s get to it! And remember — no cheating. ;-)


  • I dine on insects, snakes and small mammals
  • I make my home in deciduous forests
  • Some might say I am shrill (The nerve!)
  • I can be shy
  • Many of you may have seen me, or one of my cousins

So, what am I?

Make your guess then go to eNature for the answer and more interesting facts.

Did you get it right?

If not, no worries. You will have another chance soon!

Remember, when looking for wildlife, keep your eyes and ears open! Look high and low, and most importantly, enjoy yourself. Nature is not a destination — it’s all around us, and beautiful in so many ways.

What critters can you spot in your neck of the woods? Be sure to tell us!

And don’t forget! Join the Wildobs community and share your wild adventures with the world.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Creative Commons License photo credit: TheNickster

Nightstand Reading with The Grass Stain Guru

book reading

As I suspect is the case with most writers, I am a reader. My nightstand is always filled with books. Sure, I have a novel with a high body count (I can’t help it — I’m twisted!), but I always have a book or two that add something to my life, besides just being brain candy.

Right now, I have two great books going.

The first is The Nature Principle by Richard Louv. If you read Louv’s fantastic book, The Last Child In the Woods, think of this as the adult version of that. Why is nature so important to us as adults? As human beings? It’s an important book for today’s harried society, and I encourage each of you to read it.

I am also reading the re-released Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson. I read (and loved!) the original years ago, but let’s face it, sometimes we all need a kick in the creative pants. And this book is giving me just that.

Of course, if you read this blog regularly, these titles will come as no surprise to you. Both men are personal heroes of mine — I respect their work and their capacity to capture an audience so greatly. If you aren’t already, follow them on Twitter — @RichLouv and @SirKenRobinson, respectively.

So tell me, what’s on your nightstand?

Happy reading!

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Creative Commons License photo credit: falldownmoon

Growing Young Minds in the Forest

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees.”

~ Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of outdoor preschools, and couldn’t be more excited about them taking root (ha – get it!) here in the United States.

To learn more about this exciting educational approach — and to get some great resources and ideas — visit my friend Ken Finch’s site, Green Hearts.


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