Nature photography and videography is fun for children: not just adults. It’s a great way to merge art and science. Consider getting a camera. More likely you or they already have one. So get out there and have a look around and bring a camera.
This female blue dasher was rescued from a little kid’s pool by my younger daughter while my older daughter made this video.
This is a really neat video of a female blue dasher dragonfly grooming itself. Look how its head amazingly turns around.
Wow, the cool things we’ll see if we only take the time to notice.
Male and female frogs in amplexus. The male is holding on to the female and will fertilize her eggs as she releases them.
Recently (early Aug. 2012) I discovered several cope’s gray treefrogs gathering around the edge of our kiddie pool. They were calling for females. Later that evening I went out to check on them and was excited to find that a female did show up. When I woke up in the morning I found 3 to 5 hundred eggs in the pool. Keep an ear out for these beautiful frogs. Your best bet is at night during or just after it rains.
Another male calls for a mate.
On a side note, if you have an inflatable style kiddie pool and there are treefrogs in your area, make sure you leave in a stick or similar item in the pool providing an exit route. It is not a bad idea to also leave something in that floats: a Frisbee for example. We think of frogs living in ponds but treefrogs live up in trees or in bushes. They can drown in “ponds”. I found several treefrogs that drowned in only 3 inches of water (in a blow-up pool). Sad indeed. All our other “ponds” (made of hard plastic or galvanized metal) never had this happen. Perhaps because the inflatable pool was nearly empty making the sides lean in making it hard for them to get out.
I was lucky enough to attend a five day workshop for environmental educators on Hog Island in Maine. Hog Island is amazing! My trip was wonderful: great people, staff, food, weather, and wildlife viewing. The accommodations were quant: it was very “New England” and I loved it. I made many friends.
I learned a lot from the camp’s accomplished staff. They shared their many talents with us: birds, insects, sea life, and geology to name a few. During my time alone, exploring this gorgeous island, I discovered many new plants, insects, and of course, birds. On the boat trips, I was delighted to see several birds that I had never seen before, such as, Atlantic puffins and black guillemots. I was also thrilled in seeing harbor seals for the first time. So cool!!
Thank you to the Southern Maryland Audubon Society for funding my tuition to the Audubon camp on Hog Island (July 2012); it was fantastic! Did I mention how great it was?
I highly recommend you plan your own trip! It doesn’t matter if you are new to birding or an advanced birder, there is always more to learn and the staff is happy for you to come and learn at your own pace. If you enjoy nature, you are sure to love it here. They offer camps on ornithology, seabird conservation and even have a family camp. Hog Island is the perfect location for such workshops.
Learn more about the Audubon camp on Hog Island and the Programs they offer here.
My children were taught how to make watermelon teeth years ago when they were still little. Their grandma carved the watermelon rinds and showed how to put it into your mouth. We thought it was funny then and we still find it funny now. So fun to do with family and friends! All you need is a watermelon and a knife.
When you are done eating a slice of water melon, don’t just toss the rind; make watermelon teeth! They are also called Billy Bob Teeth.
After eating the sweet red part of the watermelon, cut off the green part as well.
Cut the center of the mouth, as well as, vertical lines to make the teeth.
You may need to carve the rind a bit to make it fit.
Make top dentures only for an overbite look or sport a full set.