Listening With Deer Ears

Listening With Deer Ears

Listen!  Can you hear it?

The rustle of the leaves as the wind blows through the trees.

The tap-tap-tapping of the Pileated Woodpecker's beak on the hollow of a snag. 

The splash of the rain as it falls upon ferns and onto the thirsty ground.  

The melodic explosion of the male Pacific Wren's song.  

The "PEW!" of the Douglas Squirrel letting out a boisterous alarm.  

Loud sounds, soft sounds, and all sounds in between.  With so much going on, how can you possibly take it all in??  

Today I'm feeling called to share about a core routine of nature awareness that we like to practice at forest school. It's called listening with Deer Ears.

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A Few of My Favorite Plant Field Guides + Reference Books

A Few of My Favorite Plant Field Guides + Reference Books

If you were to pick up my work backpack on any given day at forest school, you just might fall over as you tried to lift it. It’s that heavy! Why, might you ask?

Well, take a peek inside and you’ll find your standard outdoor educator gear: a first-aid kit, bandanas for playing games, fire-making materials, a knife for whittling, a random feather or animal skull or owl pellet, student medical forms, and last but certainly not least, field guides! Lots and lots of field guides. Aha! There’s the culprit! Most field guides aren’t exactly lightweight.

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Oyster Mushrooms: A Spring Delight & A Potent Teacher.

Oyster Mushrooms: A Spring Delight & A Potent Teacher.

As I wandered through the woods the other day, I stumbled upon some oyster mushrooms growing shelflike on a Red Alder log, and couldn’t help but let out a nostalgic chuckle.  I have a bit of a funny relationship with this particular edible fungus, you see. . .

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