The Checking of the Logs

The most consistently fun little science/nature activity that we do is The Checking of the Logs.  They started as a ring around a campfire in our backyard a couple of years back, then one day we looked under them to see what was going on down there.

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Every time it is a little bit different.  We see lots of pill bugs, spiders, worms, centipedes, millipedes, slugs, ants, termites, and other critters.  The best is when we find families of garter snakes – which we pick up and hold carefully when the opportunity strikes.

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Whenever we are down in the back yard, we check the logs.  These are pictures from this season’s first round (maybe second).  Bee loves the worms.

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This time we got really lucky and found salamanders too!

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