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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

RSPB Kids

All About Birds

The Raptors

Birds of Prey Facts

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Playing in leaves

Fall leaves. Leaves fall. Fall, fall leaves!

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Take it Outside

Turn off the screens—the television, the computer, the video games. Take time from work, from chores, from the day to day tasks that keep us busy. Adults and children, take it outside. Each week I will challenge you to see and hear new things—to hunt the woods for wildflowers, to find shapes in nature, to sit by the waterside and listen for unique sounds. So much to experience out in the world.

Look for Large

Elliot finds a hugh treeThis week’s challenge: Look in nature for all things large, big, huge, enormous, gigantic. Talk about scale and size. Compare the size of a big tree to an adult and then to a child. Play with the words—what’s the difference between humongous and gigantic? Find big rocks, leaves, mushrooms, sticks, ponds, rivers, hills, etc. and then label them with large words—enormous, big, huge, gargantuan, humongous, jumbo, tremendous, large, massive, gigantic, towering. I always marvel at the bigness of the sky, particularly the bright blue skies of autumn. They always help me gain perspective.

The earth weighs about 13227735730800000000000000 pounds or about 6000000000000000000000000 kilograms. Its diameter is 7,926 miles. The circumference of the earth at the equator is 24,901.55 miles or 40,075.16 kilometers. Now that’s tremendous!elliot with big leaf

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Friday Photo

frog in leaves

We found this frog while raking leaves.

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