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Event Report - Nature Exploration

1st and 2nd grade friends on the trail!

The fall foliage and unseasonably warm temperatures were the perfect backdrop for the eighteen first and second grade students who ventured onto the nature trail for our Nature Exploration walk! The action started right from the start when a student discovered a Praying Mantis on the recess yard as we were walking to the trail. All of the students were treated to up-close views as we learned about this fascinating insect!

Praying Mantis on the playground!
A close examination of the Praying Mantis
Keeping a safe distance to not disturb the Praying Mantis!

Next, we walked down the main path and were paused by a chorus of birdsong. Multiple species were present that day, but our most exciting bird observation was a very territorial Tufted Titmouse that heard Mr. Quindlen’s Tufted Titmouse impression. The bird flew from across the meadow and right over our heads. It then perched a few short feet away to inspect the suspicious sound as the students looked on excitedly. Despite our noise, the Tufted Titmouse stuck around for a few seconds before taking flight again and out of view. The theme might have been Nature Exploration, but up-close wildlife was the real theme and highlight of the day!

Wonderful fall foliage under our favorite Pin Oak!

Check out the eBird Checklist here:

Bethel Springs E.S.--Nature Trail, Delaware, Pennsylvania, US

Nov 10, 2016 3:25 PM - 4:18 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.0 mile(s)

Comments: Checklist taken from Trailblazers Nature Exploration for grades 1-2. It was a sunny, beautiful afternoon with excellent fall colors and great wildlife appearances including a praying mantis on the playground and a Tufted Titmouse that flew in when I did my imitation.

14 species

Turkey Vulture 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Blue Jay 2

American Crow 5

Carolina Chickadee 1

Tufted Titmouse 2

Carolina Wren 1

American Robin 30

Northern Mockingbird 1

Cedar Waxwing 5

Dark-eyed Junco 9 Foraging in pines next to dumpsters

White-throated Sparrow 3

Song Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 1


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