Posts Tagged ‘animals’

Cooper's hawk

Last week a Cooper’s Hawk arrived in the Library of Congress. It was first spotted last Wednesday. This bird of prey may have flown in through a broken window in the dome of the Main Reading Room. The hawk likes to perch in the 160-foot-high dome, but at times swoops through the library, creating a lot of excitement. Attempts have been made to lure her down with live bait and frozen quail. She managed to successfully snatch the quail without being caught. But a week after her arrival, a three-member team from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia captured the hawk, using as bait a caged pair of starlings, named Frick and Frack. The hawk will be restored to health and then released into the wild.

A story like this creates a wonderful opportunity for teaching children about nature. Sharing this story is a great way to teach kids about hawks and other birds of prey. Ask your children, “Did you hear, there was a hawk in the Library of Congress?” The curiosity of childhood will take it from there. All kinds of questions will be asked, and together you can have lots of fun finding the answers. Below are some links that will get you started:

Library of Congress Blog

NPR Story of the Cooper’s


All About Birds

The Raptors

Birds of Prey Facts


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Barking Frog Reads

I love books and I love book clubs, so it just seems natural to start a book club within this blog. On the first day of each month I will announce the book we will share. We will read the book and post comments.

Stranger in the Woods

Stranger In the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick is a wonderful book for children 4-8 years old. The award-winning book is full of soft, quiet photographs and playful, fun-to-read text. The animals in the book come alive with unique voices and personalities. It is the perfect book to read as winter approaches.

Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick are both professional wildlife photographers. Their images have appeared in national and international publications, such as National Geographic and Nature’s Best. Together they use their beautiful photography to gently teach young readers an appreciation for nature. Visit their website at www.carlsams.com.

After reading the book, I will be surprised if you can keep yourselves from running to the woods and making your own snowman. And why not do it? If you do, please post a photograph of you and your snowman here, and tell us about your experience.

If you enjoy this book, below are links to more books by this creative pair.

First Snow in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

Lost In The Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

When Snowflakes Fall

Find My Friends

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