strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
- Rachel Carson
She'd been told by someone (an authority figure in her life) that geese would attack her so she was at first a bit trepidatious, but a friendly goose walked right up to us. Someone had obviously fed him before. He stopped about a foot from us and I was able to show her how there wasn't anything to fear. I put up open palms showing no food and the goose immediately understood and began foraging for blades of grass and roots. (At my cabin, she's used to the gray jays landing on her hand.) I then taught her how to observe when geese got frightened or when they felt threatened and explained other things like what they were eating. I showed her how they often travel in pairs since geese mate for life. She quickly relaxed and felt completely comfortable.
a warm and trusting connection to the Earth?”
- Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth
So why does a woodpecker peck wood?
belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong,
we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
I took the pledge to stop using plastic bags on March 10, 2010. It took me a long while to change my ways and to remember to bring my canvas bags. Countless times I had the best of intentions but I would find myself at the grocery checkout and then remembered that I forgot my bags! What I chose to do to retrain myself was to buy new bags at the register instead of using plastic sacks. I bought a lot of bags! I was frustrated that I wasn't able to just make the change over night. But I never gave up trying and now it's something that is almost automatic. I'm at least much, much better at remembering to use them nearly every single time.
Another thing you can do with your child is to bring your own trash bag and pick up trash you see along the way so that you leave the park or the area you're traveling through better than you found it. Picking up one item that someone else left behind teaches compassion, respect and is an expression of generosity.
"Squirrels breed once or twice a year, and give birth to a varying number of young after three to six weeks, depending on species. The young are born naked, toothless, helpless, and blind. In most species of squirrel, only the female looks after the young, which are weaned at around six to ten weeks of age.
Female red fox squirrels can live up to 12.6 years and males around 8.6 years. They have excellent vision, with a well developed sense of hearing and smell." Source: wikipedia
kids the next time you see some geese and ducks:
Canada geese may be one of the most talkative animals after humans. Goslings, or baby geese, begin communicating with their parents while still in the egg! Once hatched, there is also evidence that they respond differently to different calls and noises from their parents, indicating a sophisticated level of communication." Read more from www.ducks.ca
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- Fact: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds 72% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of another.
- Fact: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give out help to others.
- Fact:When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts, talents, and resources.
- Fact: The geese flying formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
- Fact: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
Lesson: If we had as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
Mallard ducks (male with green head and female with the brown and tan) are considered to be the most abundant ducks on earth. Source: National Geographic
- Ducks were once wild until they were domesticated by the Chinese many hundreds of years ago
- Ducks keep clean by preening themselves with their beaks, which they do often. They also line their nests with feathers plucked from their chest.
- Ducks' feathers are waterproof. There is a special gland that produces oil near the tail that spreads and covers the outer coat of feathers. Beneath this waterproof layer are fluffy and soft feathers to keep the duck warm.
- Ducks' feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water. A duck waddles instead of walking because of its webbed feet and in water their webbed feet act as paddles.
- Ducks can live up to 12 years, depending on the species.
- Ducks are related to geese and swans.
- A male duck is called a drake, a female is called a duck. Babies are called ducklings.
- A duck has three eyelids.
- Some ducks and geese can fly as much as 332 miles a day!
Physical Differences: Crows average around 17 inches long, and ravens about 24-27.
- A raven weighs about four times that of a crow.
- Crows have a wing span around 2.5 ft., and ravens about 3.5-4 ft.
- A raven's wing sometimes makes a prominent "swish, swish" sound, while a crow's wingbeat is usually silient.
- Ravens have pointed wings, while crows have a more blunt and splayed wing tip.
- Crows have a fan-shaped tail (squared-off), while raven tails are long and wedge-shaped.
- Besides having a bigger, more powerful bill, a raven's bill is curved, while a crow has a more-or-less flat bill. Additionally, atop a raven's bill is a tuft of hairs absent on crows.
- As a result of being larger and more powerful, ravens are the more efficient predator. (Predation is a very small percentage of crow and raven diets.)
- READ MORE ABOUT HOW TO TELL A CROW FROM A RAVEN
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration/birds/brooklyn-new-school-kindergarten Or you can click on the image below to enter their website. There's a great article about what bird watching teaches children.
Here's an excerpt:
The Brooklyn New School kindergarten has been studying pigeons! Teacher Kori Goldberg writes," We have been studying pigeons this fall by observing them in our Brooklyn neighborhoods, reading about pigeons, comparing them to other birds through a focus on bird's feet and beaks and by creating pigeons out of found materials. We also sing a song about pigeons! We are having a great time and will conclude this part of our studies by inviting families to our 'Pigeon Museum'.
A few years ago I asked a child why he thought pigeons bob their head when they walk. At first he said, "Kori, I don't know." But then he thought and added, "Maybe the wind is their music and they are keeping the beat with their heads."