Good Morning Watershed Explorers,
BLOG UPDATE: I am going to change the frequency of the blog now that we are in summer vacation mode. I will post three times a week on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. If you have any ideas that you would like me to cover on the blogs, please forward them along. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been an absolute pleasure bringing you educational content during COVID-19. I hope that you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing to all of you. I also hope that you will read some of the blogs that you missed now that you have a little more free time. As always, I encourage you to get out every day to explore in some fashion, even if it is just in your own yard.
Today's blog is about bugs. Bugs can be a ton of fun, and this is a great time of year to observe them, they are super active. Here are some great pages from a wonderful book entitled, The Nature Connection An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms, by Clare Walker Leslie, which will help you to get started.
There are a few items to remember when observing bugs, some can pack quite a punch by stinging, biting, or pinching, so please proceed with caution. If you aren't sure whether the bug you are observing is safe to handle, don't! It can also be fun to collect and observe bugs in a container for a short period of time, but I suggest never doing this for more than a few hours. If you have a nature journal, a drawing pad, or even a school notebook that has some pages left, record your bug findings. You can draw pictures and label the parts, do some research and write down a few facts, or record your own observations. Observation is one of the best ways to find out about creatures. Many scientists spend countless hours using the power of observation to learn and journal about the behavior of animals.
Today would be a great day to go on a bug hunt, good luck, and have fun! If you have a bug story, journal page, or photo you would like to share, please email me at email@example.com