Taking on the second challenge of the Get Back Outside campaign had me take a trip down memory lane. Years ago my children would marvel at a wood bug, giggle at a worm and become awe struck at a squirrel scampering across a branch. Ben and Liv are blessed with a large outdoor space that they can explore, play, and have fun in. It includes an open grass area, wooden play structures, several garden boxes, flat and hilly spaces, and a forest complete with a stream and wildlife. Today it is not uncommon for them to see deer stroll by, watch rabbits quietly graze, hear raccoons rustling in the bush and identify several different types of birds flying overhead. We can hear frogs croaking, crickets cricking, and owls hooting. All this in a developed subdivision located in a small rural community.
|Ben letting us know our garden eating, shrub pruning neighbour is passing thru|
|An artists rendering of all the cute crawling critters in the yard.|
“Surely we have more than caterpillars in our backyard!” I stated. “Oh yes,” Liv replied, “this caterpillar is not just any caterpillar. It is a worm, a snake, a slug, a millipede, and a centipede caterpillar. Is that diversity?” Well done kids, well done.
Our second attempt at Backyard Biodiversity was a “before/after” picture if you will. Clearly we already live in an area that is rich in diversity, aside from the dinosaur and its egg.
|Backyard biodiversity, dinosaurs and all!|
Week 1 & 2 Get Back Outside Photo Gallery