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9 comments on “The “What’s In My Backyard?” Challenge

  1. I will go out tomorrow and take some pictures of wild life on my phone to share with my friends.

    1. Me too!!! I’ll bring my family!! What a great way for kids and adults to connect with nature and contribute to building knowledge about it–all while socially distancing!

  2. I want to share this with my daughter, so she can do this with my grandson and granddaughter! Thank you, National Geographic for the good work you are doing during this pandemic! PS I will be doing it too! Thanks!

  3. As soon as I learn how to identify birds in my backyard, I will explore the woods surrounding my town.

  4. Our yard is a wealth of wildlife even though it’s only an acre in size. We are surrounded with many other properties of similar size and larger along with park land and trails. Together they form a great habitat for animals and plant life to blossom! We have trees of many varieties, many quite large and many kinds of brush and shrubs, all providing great nesting and protection. We have white tailed deer, red fox, coyotes, rabbits, skunks, raccoons, chipmunks, groundhogs, opossum, brown bats and tons of squirrels! As for birds we have cardinals, bluejays, chickadees, tufted titmouse, downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, red bellied woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, nuthatch, Robins, Indigo Buntings ( gorgeous!!!), goldfinch, house sparrows, Red hawks, Coopers Hawks, Barred Owls, Barn owls, screech owls, crows, black birds and other visitors who come and go! We love this fairly wild habitat that we have minimally had to enhance.

  5. This is all well and good, BUT….
    I do not know how to get an app. I can take a picture on my phone, but not how to do anything with it. Not everyone who loves nature is tech savy.
    I do e-mail with my granddaughters about what is in my yard: the wild strawberries and butterflies, the current lack of bumble bees and the new eagle nest on the local hiking trail.

  6. I was pleased to see that I have noticed very many of the creatures which Michael Gannon wrote about seeing in his yard — almost all of them. No opossums or Indigo Buntings I don’t think are in S E Minnesota.

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