Nutty about tracks

Guess what I learned at Nature Nuts?Grey squirrel

Nature Nuts is a class at Oxbow Park. Miss Krista is the teacher and it is all about nature. Today we learned about tracks. A couple of times we have done birds, pumpkins, leaves, snow, and other things (and that is etc). I have held a sssssnake, turtles, salamander, and pretend scat!

Mark’s tracksToday we learned about tracks. We made a track book using paper and plastic molded tracks. We also made our own tracks.

Audrey making tracksAndrea’s track

Here are some “beary” good tracks. You can find the raccoon print and the deer print here in our backyard.raccoon track from track from

The cougar and the black bear, probably around the mountains or Michigan. I am not sure if we can find them here. I hope not!

Mountain lion from bear

This is a “racoooooonlllll” site.

Now for the really “racoonl” stuff, at least for me. I got to see some roadkill! You would think Ewww! But, it was racoonl! It was in the freezer (it was a road kill freezer) in the building where we had Nature Nuts today. In the road kill freezer, I saw a hummingbird, a hawk and a white tailed rabbit. They looked like clumps of leather, very furry or feathery leather, to be exact.

There was a fawn skin drying out. They were going to stuff it. They took off all the meat, then they put the skin (or feathers sometimes if it’s a bird) in the freezer. They soaked it in salt and ??? whatever it is called ??? (I forgot). Then when they take it out, they tan it and then I don’t know what all they have to do to “stuff it” but they put it on plastic creatures. I got to see the plastic fawn. They use marbles for eyes.

Thank you Miss Krista! I really enjoyed it! I still think that the tanning process is “racoonlll“!

2 thoughts on “Nutty about tracks”

  1. This is so interesting. I am glad that you have Miss Krista to tell you about nature and let you do some of your own things.

    Opa saw deer tracks in our yard the other day. It looked like he was trying to peek in our front window!


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