Multcolib My Librarian Karen S: Forest animals for all ages
Annotation:From winter whale watching to autumn seabirding, The Northwest Nature Guide offers more than 170 best bets for wildlife adventures, organized by month. The author works for Portland Metro.
Annotation:With a different woodland creature and a set of its tracks on each page, children learn names for animal babies, such as turkey poults and raccoon kits. Hidden pictures add interest. Ages 4-10.
Annotation:Nic Bishop, one of the best science writers and photographers for kids today, uses actual-size photographs of forest-dwelling insects, mammals, reptiles to pique young scientist's curiousity.
Annotation:Ready for a hike? Join Emily, Michael, May, and their parents as they examine poop (scat) and footprints (tracks) to find out who pooped in the Cascades. Ages 8-12.
Annotation:Three young bears of different species--one black, one polar, and one grizzly--travel on a perilous quest, escorting a shape-shifting grizzly cub. Tweens will appreciate the bears' struggle to survive, along with Hunter's environmental theme. Ages 9-15.
Annotation:Heinrich uncovers aggregations of wintering bugs, follows a weasel's tracks in the snow, and watches tiny kinglets fluff their feathers for insulation in this graceful piece of nature writing.
Annotation:In this stunning portrayal of predator and prey, a screech owl hunts at twilight to feed her three babies. She cannot find all of the camouflaged or hidden animals, but your child probably will. Ages 2-9.
Annotation:Packed with scientific information on everything from the anatomy of an owl's eye to the stars in the Big Dipper. Full-on nature activities such as building an owl-house complement the info. Ages 9-13.
Annotation:Enjoy the free Puddle Stompers programs with your younger children, or volunteer as a family to keep down invasive plants at one of the few urban wildlife refuges in the U.S.
Annotation:Take a guided walk at the Smith and Bybee nature area, Cooper Mountain or Mt. Talbert and learn about birds, plants and critters.
Annotation:Just about every local nature-related event you might share with your family is on this website. Scroll down the page to find the many regularly scheduled guided walks for preschoolers and for all ages.
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The whole family: grownups, school-age kids and preschoolers can learn at the same time about some of the animals in our nearby forests. Enjoy scientific fiction and conversational non-fiction, and follow the links to some great activities in our area. Karen S