Mystery Critter #44

Let me get a look at that

Who’s ready to get guessing?!

It’s that time again — time to play Mystery Critter! So put on your thinking caps, grab the kids, and let’s play.


  • I have horns
  • I feed in groups
  • You can find me in parks, woodlands, and even your yard
  • I can hang upside down(!)
  • I am found throughout North America

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 next week!

Get outside and explore the wild in your world. Spring is the perfect time to reconnect with nature.

Don’t miss a minute of the greatest show on Earth!

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

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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Time to Pull the Plug?

“Young people today live media-saturated lives, spending an average of nearly 6.5 hours a day with media.”

- Keiser Family Foundation


According to the report quoted above, today’s youth are increasing the amount of time they spend with newer media (computers, internet, video games) without reducing the time they spend with traditional media, such as television. Like with many things in today’s society, more is more. But is it anything else?

It’s a truly remarkable statistic, if you think about it. And that’s exactly what I would like you to do. There is much more to say on this subject, but for now, I leave you to mull it over and to enjoy the whimsical, winding words of Shel Silverstein, and his commentary on TV.

Jimmy Jet And His TV Set by Shel Siverstein

I’ll tell you the story of Jimmy Jet–
And you know what I tell you is true.
He loved to watch his TV set
Almost as much as you.

He watched all day, he watched all night
Till he grew pale and lean,
From “The Early Show” to “The Late Show”
And all the shows in between.

He watched till his eyes were frozen wide,
And his bottom grew into his chair.
And his chin turned into a tuning dial,
And antennae grew out of his hair.

And his brains turned into TV tubes,
And his face to a TV screen.
And two knobs saying “vert.” and “horiz.”
Grew where his ears had been.

And he grew a plug that looked like a tail
So we plugged in little Jim.
And now instead of him watching TV
We all sit around and watch him.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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New Kid on the Block

Biking in paradise

My friend Carol Torgan has launched her blog and it’s a fresh and fantastic resource in the blogosphere. Kinetics: From lab bench to park bench, explores our bodies in motion and at play. She also has a great post on the 100+ Top Play Resources and I am just tickled pink that The Grass Stain Guru made the list. Carol is a scientist and a very neat lady, and I am thrilled to have her voice out there for folks to hear. Welcome to the sandbox, Carol!

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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