April 2023: Nature Challenge
This Nature Challenge was created by Seek (by iNaturalist):
We are not alone on our planet! Wildlife is always around us whether we notice it or not. In our homes, gardens, towns, and cities there are hidden worlds to be discovered. Seek in and around your home, and you may be surprised by how many wild neighbors you find.
Seek out plants, fungi, bugs, birds, and animals. Watch out for signs of more elusive life – scat (poo), fur, nests, tracks, and webs can all give clues to other creatures that share your home.
What is Seek?
Seek (by iNaturalist) is a kid-safe app that helps you get outside and explore your local plants, animals, and fungi. Visit the iNaturalist website to learn more. Or, click here for more information.
What are you waiting for? Give it a go!
Hey Mongabay Kids, here are some ideas and stories to inspire you.
Some common animals that occur in or around houses, buildings, and parks include:
How many different species of animals can you find inside your home? What do you think about sharing your home with other living creatures? Do you have a spider that lives in your window and helps control household flies?
You may have indoor plants at home. See if Seek can identify these. Then, go on an adventure and search for wild plants outside your home!
Create an artwork of the coolest plant, fungus, or animal that you found at home. Draw, paint, make a collage, or even work digitally. Have fun!
Photo of fruit fly © Jesse Rorabaugh (CC0).
Week 3: Portuguese millipede
Photo of Portuguese millipede © Shane Walker (CC BY).
Week 4: Kentucky bluegrass
Photographs of Kentucky bluegrass © logiibear and © Douglas Goldman (CC BY-NC).
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