Monday, March 28, 2011

Nature Study- Signs of Spring

Outdoor Hour button

It continues to feel like January here in upstate New York.  It has been a long time since I remember it being so cold so late.  All of our friends at the Outdoor Hour are moving on with the spring series and we seem to be stuck in winter.  We bundled up to brave the 31 degree weather and headed out this morning to search for any signs of spring.  Armed with our clipboard and scavenger hunt list we were pleasantly surprised by what we found.

"I" decided he needed his rake to unearth spring under the snow.  His brother and sister looked on to see if he was right.  We didn't need to do any digging to see bits of green.

moss and weed

tree lichen
We could hear the gurgling brook behind the barn overlaid with birds singing their sweet "phoebe...chicka dee dee dee."  The red-winged black birds chimed in with their trill.

our brook
We were thrilled to find some tree buds on our lilac.

Some of our other finds this morning included nests,  

and ferns from last year.  There are no signs of fiddlehead yet.

The boys found tracks from moles or voles.

When we sat down to record our findings the boys had a wealth of ideas for journaling.

Here are the final results.  


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Love that your son thought to take a rake to dig under you snow. I am so glad that you found some green to start off your spring studies in reward to your effort to get outside even in the cold temperatures with your little ones. :)

Loved seeing the nests in the trees!

Great job on your hunt and your signs of spring.

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

Amy, thanks for stopping by our blog! I did comment back to you there, but I wanted to stop by your blog, too.
You're right, your post does look a lot like ours! :)
It'll be great when spring REALLY arrives here!

See Jamie blog said...

Wow! You've still got snow! We don't here, but plenty of thunderstorms this time of year. :(

Great study!

Hodgepodgemom said...

You really found a bunch on your brave trek out into the snow! Love the vole tracks - and that you found so much green. I'm very impressed with your notebook pages too.

Janiece said...

Looks like spring may be around the corner for you! I bet you have much more comfortable summer temperatures than those of us with Spring right now! I enjoyed seeing the vole or mole tracks and all your other photos!