Nature Watch: Carolina Chickadee fledges

I think this is what I love about homeschooling the most: my boys are very connected to the wildlife outside our windows because they are home all day, and we are always looking out our windows. This morning I was sitting at the kitchen table when something fluttered by outside the window. "Boys!" I called. … Continue reading Nature Watch: Carolina Chickadee fledges

On Becoming a Birder

My six-year-old's painting of a yellow-bellied sapsucker. My six-year-old loves birds, and because of that, it's become an interest for the whole family. We watch them, identify them, draw them and paint them. It's a great project! Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on February 3, 2016. I’ve always liked birds, but … Continue reading On Becoming a Birder

Nature Watch: Southern Leopard Frog

Last May, we took a vacation to see Cloudland Canyon State Park, and while we were there, we hiked into the canyon to view two waterfalls. The first waterfall was Cherokee Falls, and it spilled into a beautiful, tranquil pool that was filled with boulders we could climb and sit on. We were delighted when we … Continue reading Nature Watch: Southern Leopard Frog

Getting Out Into Nature

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on November 25, 2015. When that non-stop rain we had finally ceased, we high-tailed it to the nearest park. That, of course, was Barrow County’s treasure: Ft. Yargo State Park. We had wanted to go there frequently during the fall, but that rain was keeping us … Continue reading Getting Out Into Nature

Nature Watch: Tulip-tree Silkmoth

When we went on vacation last May to Cloudland Canyon State Park, we stayed in a nearby cabin, and on our first evening, my son found this beautiful moth on the ground in the yard. The closest match we found to it in our butterfly app is a Glover's Silk Moth, but it really didn't seem quite … Continue reading Nature Watch: Tulip-tree Silkmoth

Birds

Note: This column appeared in the Barrow Journal on July 1, 2015. I may call this the spring and summer of birds. My family and I have always enjoyed watching the songbirds in our yard. We love the cardinals, bluebirds, tufted titmice, hummingbirds and chickadees. Every time my boys see a flash of red out the window, … Continue reading Birds