Category Archives: Wildlife

A Frog in the Hand…

…is worth a lot of smiles on a spring afternoon.

This fine fellow is a green frog that my son caught in (and returned to) a local pond. At least I think it’s a green frog and not a bullfrog after studying the National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England. This frog and its kin do let out a big eek before jumping into the water, just like the book says.

As a child, I captured thousands of tadpoles, and put them into a Coleman ice chest, much to my dad’s displeasure. It was a perfect aquarium for fledgling amphibians. I seem to have passed along the trait for frog interest to the kiddo. Two green frogs resembling the one in the photograph spent the weekend with us recently, but did go home to the pond eventually. (It is not the first time I have driven around animals “borrowed” from other places; I once drove a crab back to the beach after it climbed out of its container and scuttled into the TV room late one evening.)

The children’s book Nic Bishop’s Frogs is very good on the subject.


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The Octopus & the Coconut Shell

Not Westport, but still cool. See the corresponding post at Boing Boing.

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Echinodermata. Oh, yeah.

Beach day rock design, Compo Beach, Westport

That’s phylum for sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, of course. I wrote a guest contribution on the subject (and on the littoral zone and tide pools) for Fieldwork, a homeschooling blog focussing on marine biology right now. Fieldwork is an excellent resource for children and their parents who might want to explore marine biology in a little more depth. We don’t homeschool our kiddo, but we read many children’s nonfiction books aloud and take lots of field trips. Low tide at Sherwood Island’s west beach is a favorite place in the summer.

Theresa, Fieldwork’s creator, is a blogging friend of several years; she is also a biologist and Montessori enthusiast. If you’re a homeschooler, don’t miss her main blog, LaPaz Home Learning, which has inspired me many times over.

If you’d like to read the lesson plan, I’m reprinting it here, after the break.

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Cormorant Drying His (Her?) Wings

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She Sells Sea Shells…

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Goldenrod & Visitor, Plus Another Beach Sculpture


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Swallowtail Resting

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