Nature Study–Frogs

It’s just that time of year when nature study is a lot more enjoyable around our home. In the winter, we do it, but not as faithfully as we should. That’s why I’ve been posting so much about nature study lately. We’ve just really been having fun with it. (Besides the fact that it’s a lot more fun to take pictures of nature study than of math books!) Sometimes impromptu nature study is the most fun. Something just surprises you and so you take the time to appreciate it, observe it and learn about it. That’s what this study was–impromptu.

My husband found this special little critter while he was rototilling our garden, so he brought it to the kids for their inspection.

Pacific Tree Frog

Pacific Tree Frog

We identified it as a Pacific Tree Frog, which is the most common frog on the West Coast of North America. It can be brown or green or both. The identifying marks are the size and the black patch on the eye. They are mostly nocturnal, so it’s a privilege to find one in the day. They have sticky feet which makes it so they can climb on slick vegetation. They catch they’re prey by ambushing the insects.

Pacific Tree Frog

JD boy even got to hold it. This can give you an idea of the size of the frog as compared to a six-year-old’s hands. I think this one is a a female too and the males are supposed to be even smaller. I don’t know for sure that it’s a female though, but the markings are slightly different and from what I can see the markings match the female rather than the male.

6 thoughts on “Nature Study–Frogs

  • May 11, 2009 at 11:10 am
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    And "she" will love your garden. Do the children know why they should love to know she is living in your garden? I suppose they do!

    I lifted a big leaf one day that was hanging over the leaf below it, something like these leaves. I found myself eyeball to eyeball with a frog just like this one. I had a tiny micrscope in my pocket and was able to slowly bring it out and pull that leaf closer and closer to my eye. I was astonished! The gold was glittering like he had been painted with it. After our 5-inches-from-my-face meeting, I eased the branch and leaf back to its original location and place the other leaf over him as it had been before. He had not moved an inch! What a treat! EGD

  • May 12, 2009 at 12:30 am
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    what a cute little frog, I'm going to have to show this to the kids tomorrow. They were facinated with an earthworm today. They'll love this! HA!

    Becca

  • May 13, 2009 at 5:00 am
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    Wow, great pictures of the frog. Really interesting to see!

  • May 16, 2009 at 10:01 am
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    You sure are providing a culture rich education for your children. Teaching them to appreciate nature, study it, learning about art, appreciating it, doing it, and music – wow, I wish I had done this!

    Antoinette

  • May 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm
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    Wonderful! I love your photos! The frog is so cute! It really is amazing how much you can learn from God's creation.

    Blessings, Melissa

  • May 23, 2009 at 1:45 am
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    What neat pictures. We have a ton of those little frogs.

    Cathy

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