Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5.31.17  Salt Marsh Lesson - Green Briar Nature Center - Scorton Creek
Sandwich, MA

It's not often that I get to lead groups these days from Green Briar Nature Center, but when I do... it's ALWAYS a perfect way to start a day.  I had the BEST group of girls, ready to learn, eager to talk about what they already know about salt marshes and excited to literally walk into the creek & find what they could!  Amazingly enough, we were able to dodge the rain drops until the end of our time together.  

I couldn't help but point out the birds we saw & heard and fortunately for me... they were interested.  In my opinion, there's NOTHING that beats hands-on learning.  When you bring kids, or anyone, out into nature...opportunities to learn pop up at every turn.  Questions are asked.  Answers are given.  Learning takes place.  If you're lucky, a deep curiosity begins to grow about what they saw, smelled, heard, tasted (Glasswort! "sea pickle") and touched.
Learning with the senses.  It's the ultimate!

Our List:
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Herring Gull 
Turkey Vulture
Tree Swallow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Least Tern

Baby crab

Dirty happy feet!

Crab molt

Roly Poly - AKA Sow bug

High tide leaves these reed remnants behind on the
toppled over Oak Tree branches

Ghost shrimp & Sea Lettuce algae

Horseshoe Crab

Mummichogs & ghost shrimp

Mermaid's Purse - AKA Skate egg case

Checking out their finds before returning them back to the creek

Clean happy feet!
Happy Birding!

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