Mystery Critter #61

Let me get a look at that

Season’s Greetings, nature detectives! Tis the season to go wildlife watching! Lots of critters are out looking for food, and birds are especially easy to spot with the leaves off the trees.

OK, time to play Mystery Critter.  Put on your thinking caps and let’s get to it! And remember — no cheating. ;-)

CRITTER CLUES:

  • I have shaggy fur
  • You may not see me where you live, but you might see one of my cousins
  • I am migratory
  • I am very fast
  • My diet consists of plants, lichens, mushrooms and fruit

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! 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: WellspringCS

Ready to Loosen the Apron Strings?

cartwheeling

We’ve talked about the Free Range Kids concept (and book!) here at TGSG before.

We’ve talked about helicopter parents, allowing children more freedom and room to roam, real versus perceived danger, and the importance of free play and time in nature.

So, the questions is this: Are you ready to do more than talk?

Saturday, May 22nd is the first, “Take Your Child to the Park…& Leave Them There Day.”

Yup, that’s right.

Now, before you put your head between your knees — we’re talking 7-8 year olds and up.  Not toddlers or preschoolers.

But still — it might just give you pause.

But consider this: Parents often lament they don’t send their kids outside to play because there aren’t other children outside playing. And there’s the rub.

No chicken — no egg. Empty yards, parks, and sidewalks.

Check out more info on the day and what others are saying about it on Lenore Skenazy’s blog, Free Range Kids.

Regardless if you are ready to participate this year or not — it’s a great conversation to have with your spouse, significant other — or simply yourself.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Creative Commons License photo credit: Robert S. Donovan

Celebrate Nature Near You

From the pages of Children & Nature Awareness month…

Get out there and earn those grass stains this week. :-)

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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