Monday, 29 April 2013

Down at Sunview Pond

The Spark:
Look at a map of your neighbourhood and surrounding area and locate a body of water.  It may be a pond, a tricking stream, or a rainwater runoff reserve.  Whatever it may be, get on yourself ready and  head down there to see what you can find.  Water ways and their surrounding areas can support diverse lifeforms from microscopic to majestic.  Watch where you are stepping and be very careful so as not to crush tiny lifeforms beneath your feet and don't forget to look up or you might miss the majestic birds coming in for a landing on the water.  Before you begin your pond quest, get your family and friends together to establish some key hand signals to communicate without speaking to one another.  Raising your voice too loudly may scare off wildlife and you may miss a fantastic photograph.

Are you interested in heading down to your local pond, stream, or rainwater reserve to see what's happening there?  Calling all Super Natural Superheroes to ACTIVATE!  Get your family and friends together, establish some hand signal codes (stop, look, tip toe carefully, freeze where you are, quiet, get over here as fast as you can.)  SEE DIAGRAM BELOW.  As always, start your quest by asking the question WHY?

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To explore miniature and majestic wildlife, bugs, critters, birds in your local pond.
What:  Get out your goulashes, magnifying glass, microscope, butterfly net, bucket, binoculars, and camera for this pond quest.
Where:  A local body of water.
When: As soon as you can get yourself organized
Who: You, your family, and friends
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH., or is it!

Take Action: 

Before you begin:
Remember to tread softly in and around your local pond as many species of flora and fauna call that place home.  Respect nature by leaving what you find there without destroying it.  If you must take samples for observation then return them to the pond as promptly as possible.

The quieter you are, the more you will see.  Living things may be scared off by noise so here are some important hand signals that you should establish with family and friends before you head out:

1.  Look for snails in damp soil.  Find out more about snails.

2.  Take your butterfly net and scoop it through the pond.  Gently tap out your findings into a bucket with pond water in it.  Look at your findings under a microscope.  find out more about pond creatures.

3.  Look for frogs.  Take a picture of them and then research frogs in your area to find out what type of frog you found.  Find out more about frogs.

4.  Mink, marten, or weasel?  Find out more about mink.

6.  Look for aquatic rodents.  Find out more about the muskrat.

7.  Look for majestic birds.  Find out more about the Canada Goose.

8.  Look for wildflowers.  Find out more about coltsfoot.

10.  Look for pollinators of flowers and catkins.  Find out more about pollinators.

Don't Stop Here:
Keep on researching and finding out more about pond life in your area.  Who knows, it may turn out to be one of your great passions in life, and to think, your interest in pond life may have started right here on this quest.  If you have a hunch about something, just drop us an email and we'll give your hunch a whirl and get back to you.  

Quest Check: 
We are very interested in keeping you interested on your quest to find out more about nature.  Keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests.

1 comment:

  1. What a great post. My boys absolutely love exploring the great outdoors, and I can see your blog is going to give us lots of new ideas! Thank you!