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Wildlife Observations

Learning Objective:

Students will be able to:

  • Name animals typically found in an oak woodland habitat and describe each organism’s relationship to the oak.

Time: 45 minutes

Materials:

Procedure:

Ask students what types of wildlife they might expect to find around an oak tree. Create a list.

Before heading out to observe your study tree, stress the importance of being quiet and still when trying to observe wildlife. Ask students to bring their journals and encourage them to record careful notes and make sketches of what they observe.

At the study area, students should sit quietly near a tree and listen for squirrels moving or birds singing. After a few quiet minutes, encourage them to look for animal footprints, scat, feathers or other evidence of wildlife and to carefully examine the soil and leaf litter under the tree to see what lives there. Remind the class of the importance of leaving the area as they found it.

Return to class, share observations and add new wildlife to the list.

Going deeper:

Visit your study oak several times during the year and note changes in wildlife activity as well as types of wildlife observed.