Just another really fun field trip.  This time we trekked out to Starr Ranch Sancutary.  It was SO NICE to be out in nature for the whole day.  That’s the one thing I miss about home.  Orange County is very…crowded??  Anyway, the day of nature and sunshine and fresh air with our friends was beautiful.  We took 2 tours, one from a bird biologist who hiked us around the sanctuary, teaching us some bird calls, and talking about the habitats around us.  The second tour was from a biologist who really loves snakes, but was talking mostly about bobcats and cougars and coyotes…oh my!  We did not see any of those cats while we were there, but we were warned to keep our littlest ones by our side so they did not become running cougar bait!

2015-02-24_0029 2015-02-24_0030The pole the woodpeckers go to town on!

2015-02-24_0031Kaylan and her bestie checking out some birds.

2015-02-24_0039 2015-02-24_0034Our bird biologist, schooling us on the plant life they are researching in their sanctuary.

2015-02-24_0032She taught us some bird calls and how to listen for bird responses.

2015-02-24_0035 2015-02-24_0033The biologist told the kids they could poke sticks into the tiny spider holes, and the spiders would come out thinking it’s food.  I don’t know that she realized how long they would try this for, and how often they would stop to do it!  Look at that red hair in the middle!

2015-02-24_0038 2015-02-24_0037The other biologist taught us how to study tracks and scat to determine which animal had been around.  We learned a whole lot about poop!  Some of the kids were thrilled about that.

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I truly love learning in the world with our wonderful group.  I couldn’t ask for a better learning environment for my kids.  And me!  If you’d like to have your life captured in photos, contact me today!