Be-at-Home with Nature: What’s in your backyard challenge?
Nature is Everywhere
Yesterday was an unusually cool day here in Sarasota. Low in humidity, high in cloud cover, with thunder in the distance, I decided to take a break on my backyard deck. As I took a moment to slow down and relax, I was amazed to find how much nature had found its way onto my deck… I didn’t even need to go into the yard to find signs of nature all around!
A bioblitz is an attempt to find as many species of living things within a given area over a short period of time. Often these are community events or citizen science opportunities to record the diversity of an area. It’s a fun activity to do in your own backyard! Look high, look low, look all around and make a list or take photos of every living thing you find. It’s amazing how much there is, even in our own backyards. If you want to participate in a virtual bioblitz for Earth Day, visit the Conservation Foundation to learn how.
Animal signs are clues animals leave behind that indicate they have been in the area. Often we do not see the animal, but they may leave behind tracks, scat, signs of eating, fur or bones, or we may see their homes. If we are patient detectives, we can often determine who has been visiting our backyards or natural area by noticing these signs.
What’s in Your Backyard? Challenges
Challenge #1: Below are photographs of different things from plants and animals found on my outdoor deck. Can you guess what they are? Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1st. Answers will be posted in an upcoming blog.
Challenge #2: Can you find something unusual or interesting from nature in your backyard, on your deck/lanai, or outside your front door? Take a photo and send to email@example.com by May 1st, and I will try to guess what it is! Most interesting, unusual, or difficult to guess photos will be posted in an upcoming blog!
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