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Why kids don't know their animals

A few weeks ago, my kiddo was handed a piece of paper from his teacher.  I was standing next to him as she told him that when he and his family go for walks in the woods, we could look for some of these animal tracks.

My first thought was that it was odd to see "cow" listed there since you don't typically find cows in the woods.  As I skimmed down through the sheet, I was mortified. When I got home, I made an "x" next to all of the animals/tracks that do NOT live in Maine.


To me, this is just laziness. There is no moose or white tailed deer listed on here.  No black bear or turkey.  Even if you had no idea about the outdoors and the animals who live in your home state, you still know that the four animals that I just mentioned, are found in the woods.  A quick scan of this sheet SHOULD be a red flag since we don't have badgers here or mule deer.  Maine is not the prairie.

As kids get further and further away from knowing the animals that live in their State…

Look at those velvet antlers

This is what you always want to see this early in the season!

This group of deer included two does and a small buck.  We thought that we could see his antlers but it wasn't until I zoomed in with my camera that we knew for sure.  This is in an area where the deer are now, thankfully, starting to rebound after being taken over by coyotes.  Hopefully we will see more of him and more deer as we get the cameras out and start scouting the area.





So many deer!

I can not remember a time when I have seen so much deer during the middle of the summer.  This deer, we have named Puffball because she has a puff for a tail.  She lives behind my parent's house and from the size of her, she is a very healthy doe.  There is another doe there as well, who has twins this spring.



This is the doe with the twins.  We have seen the twins playing on the lawn, but when I tried to take their picture, I spooked one of them and they ran off.  I will hopefully get a picture sometime this summer.



Then, we had this doe on our back yard, checking out the 3D decoy that we have out there.  She seemed a lot less nervous with another "deer" around.  She ate grass and the leaves before she got spooked and ran off.