See & Hear Nature Challenge #6

Hear kitty kitty kitty…Nah, I’m just kidding! Gray cat

My good friend Jane Kirkland is stopping by to help us all learn how to identify catbirds. While they may not be the showiest tweeter on the block, their calls are one of the easiest to learn to identify.

Children and other novice birders will delight in learning to identify species by their calls — and a catbird is the perfect place to start.

To learn more about this species, visit eNature.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Be sure to check out Jane’s siteTake a Walk Books! You can also follow her on Twitter @JaneKirkland.

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“See & Hear” Nature Challenge #1


TSGS Note: I was excited when my friend and fellow writer, Jane Kirkland picked one of my favorites birds to feature in her new nature challenge series.

Jane was nice enough to share, so enjoy this video challenge! :-)

Be sure to check out Jane’s site — Take a Walk Books! You can also follow her on Twitter @JaneKirkland.

I took the above picture at my favorite local park, Huntley Meadows.  Learn more about the Red Winged Blackbird at eNature.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Frolic Friday: Back in the Saddle

Ecuador 2009 Trip 0862

TGSG Note: You may have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a break lately. Sadly, I was not in a hammock on an island, but on what I am calling a “Flake Break.” Sometimes, when life gets too hectic, you just have to give yourself permission to flake-out.

We adults are a lot like kids that way — we need down time, play time, time to relax, and time to just be.

So, if you haven’t just been in awhile — go ahead. I will write you a note. :-) Bethe

OK, it’s that time again — Frolic Friday! Time to let your hair down, blow off some steam, and have some fun.

Some of us are knee-deep in a very cold winter, so getting outside may not be high atop our list. But, even a few minutes outside can help boost your energy and improve your mood. Besides, it gives us a good excuse to make hot chocolate.

This weekend, why not…

  • Get your bird on! Go on a nest hunt. Winter is the perfect time to look for bird (and squirrel) nests. They are much easier to spot with all the leaves off the trees. While your at it, why not start a Winter Bird List? Alison Kerr tells you how over at Loving Nature’s Garden.
  • Got the winter blues? Start dreaming up a spring garden! Check out seed catalogs or take a trip to the library and let your imagination run wild in the gardening section. Have kids? Get them in on the action, too! They can draw their fantasy garden or make a diorama.
  • Looking for a fun nature-related craft? Make a gorgeous Winter Tree Silhouette, like those featured on the Frugal Family Fun Blog.

As always, it doesn’t matter what you do, just make some time for play and connecting with nature this weekend. It’s good for big and little kids alike!

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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