**This is our final Nature Challenge for 2016!
*Joey and William will be guests here on the blog as they document our Nature Challenge journey for 2016.
The Challenge: 1. Find an animal track: photograph it, measure it and ID it. 2. Observe a bird at Rincon Bayou: note its distinguishing characteristics, sketch it, and ID it.
W: We went to the Delta Preserve. We went down by the pond and looked for animal tracks.
J: We found a lot of deer tracks. We sat down and drew them.
W: We measured the track. Then we used our Track Guide to identify them. Yep, they were deer tracks.
J: We went back up to the pavilion and were given paints to paint our prints. We also received our very own nature journal (that’s what we painted in!). I drew the deer track and then painted over it.
W: Next we drove down to the Bayou but we had to stop on the way because we saw a turtle crossing the road. We think it was red eared slider because Auntie Jessica and I saw red on its ear.
J: When we got to the Bayou we saw Snowy Egrets and Brown Pelicans. We used our binoculars and our field guide to identify the birds, but Mr. Dane was there, too, to help us.
W: After drawing our birds, Mr. Dane took us on a guided walk. It was a loop walk because the trail looped around.
J: We saw a fiddler crab. We also saw a dead animal and there were huge beetle looking bugs that were carrying away the remains.
W: We also saw a giant green walking stick.
J: We saw some tracks on the trail, too.
Well, thank you to everyone for following along our journey. We completed 15 out of 21 challenges. We learned all kinds of new nature facts. We SAW BOBCATS IN THE WILD and pelicans diving for fish. We learned how to blog and we practiced using the camera. It was all kinds of fun and we can’t wait for the Nature Challenge next year!