Ranger Rick's Nature Notebook - August 2013

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Pond Study - A pond is a place that ’s bursting with life. Imagine you are a scientist who has just discovered a new pond, and you need to make a record of all the living things there. First, find a …

Pond Study - A pond is a place that ’s bursting with life. Imagine you are a scientist who has just discovered a new pond, and you need to make a record of all the living things there. First, find a nearby pond. Then list your observations below. Don’t worry if you don’t know a plant or animal’s name – you can make up one that describes something special about it.

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  • 1. Ranger Rick’s Nature Notebook Pond field guide Net, scoop, buckets Magnifying glass Helpful Things to Take AlongKeep a Record! Date Time Location Weather What trees and plants are growing around or in the pond? Describe or draw them here. What signs of animals do you observe around the pond? Listen for birds, insects, or frogs call- ing. Look for tracks, scat, chewed leaves, and other signs. Explain what the signs tell you about what lives here. Now look in the water. Use a net or bucket and see what you can catch. On the back of this page, describe or draw the creatures you find. POND STUDYA pond is a place that’s bursting with life. Imagine you are a scientist who has just discovered a new pond, and you need to make a record of all the living things there. First, find a nearby pond. Then list your observations below. Don’t worry if you don’t know a plant or animal’s name – you can make up one that describes something special about it. © 2013 National Wildlife Federation. Permission granted for non-commercial educational uses only. All other rights reserved.