The naturalist's world is one to be discovered and
investigated. It is as near as a boy's backyard, a nearby park or
the woods and fields. It is inhabited by many kinds of insect,
birds, plants, animals, trees and other form of life.
Zoo keeper, conservationist, taxidermist, pet store worker, gardener, museum curator, landscape artist, nature photographer, publisher or writer of nature books.
Invite a Fish and Game Department employee to your
meeting. Ask about major problems in the lakes in your area.
Use a clean scrub brush for this easy feeder. Melt some bacon grease or lard in a pan, then dip the brush into it. Sprinkle the birdseed mix onto the bristles. As the fat congeals, the seeds will stick. Tie the brush to a tree in a safe spot.
I looked up phenology in Merriam Webster's Dictionary since I wasn't sure exactly what it is :)
Buy (or have the Webelos make) blank calendar pages
and have the boys write in this month's dates. Have them post it in
the kitchen, so it's handy to jot down "things of nature."
List one or two things each day: cardinals at the bird feeder, grass
turning green, saw the full moon, etc.
The Coming of the Frogs
Mine eyes have seen the horror of the coming of the
Chorus: repeat after each verse)
The frogs have grown in numbers and their croaking
fills the air.
They've hopped into the living room and headed down the hall,
They have trapped me in the corner and my back's
against the wall.
Make up outlines of various animal footprints, which
are common in your area. Number the tracks. Write the animal name on
a separate card. Lay out the footprints and give each boy a chance
to match the correct animal name to the footprint
Scene: Boy 1 is standing on the street corner, and
the other boys approach him one at a time.
What do you get if you cross an insect with a
What is black and white and red all over?
A sunburned zebra.
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