During our current visit to Florida, we have been concentrating quite a bit on nature study.
Little Bit and I have been studying birds, using such resources as The Burgess Bird Book for Children; Blacky the Crow; Learning About Birds; the Pathfinder honor, Birds; the Owls Note Pack, from In the Hands of a Child; and even the All Owls--Fun Study, by Homeschool Bits.
Recently we were able to go on quite a birding expedition. We went to St. Marks, Florida, with the hopes of seeing the flyover of the final ultralight led flight of the Whooping Cranes. Due to uncooperative weather, the birds were not able to fly that morning, but we were able to meet the Operation Migration team anyway. To make up for that, we went to nearby Wakulla Springs State Park, and took a boat tour. We spotted a large number of water birds! It was like a birder's paradise.
(Oh, we saw alligators and turtles as well!)
The other day we heard the "bat lady" speak about pollinators, their importance, and how to help preserve pollinators and protect them from the man-made dangers they face. She also had a couple of her (disabled, rescued) bats with her.
What are some of the things you like to do in your home school for nature study? Does your family keep a nature journal? Please share.
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