If you live in the United States, then it’s the start of the Labor Day weekend which is the unofficial end of our summer. According to the agencies that monitor such things, this will be one of the busiest travel weekends since before the pandemic. Likely, you are traveling beyond your home turf, even if just for a few hours.
For your nature challenge this week, try to grab at least 15 to 20 minutes in this new location to explore.
Chances are you will be in a very different habitat. If you are going to the city, find a local park, lake, or nearby river. If none of these are available, consider using a garden plot. If you are going to a new rural, oceanside, desert, or a different wilderness area, you will have ample material to study.
Consider the following:
- Are the trees different in this location?
- Have you noticed any new-to-you fungi or lichen?
- Is the birdsong different? Perhaps some species are common here that you don’t see every day.
- Is there a body of water?
- If so, are their pools or eddies that may have small fish?
- Are there any shells (freshwater or saltwater)?
- What about insects? Perhaps an unexpected type of dragonfly or damselfly?
- What kind of terrain is this? Wet and boggy? Dry and sandy? Describe it.
- Again, this will hold unique-to-you insects.
- What types or species of plants are thriving here?
- Do you see any creatures?
- How about tracks?
- Do you see any nests, dens, or other living quarters?
- What else makes this area unique?
With all of this information, you now can craft a nice description of the habitat. Some people collect their experiences in different habitats and catalog them. When you want to find a specific species for a future project such as capturing a photo of a specific species or searching for a particular flowering plant in another season, you will have created a handy reference guide.
Now it’s your turn!
This is an easy challenge. Enjoy and discover!