Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Redpoll bird

A common redpoll visits a yard for a treat.

Winter is a great time to learn about the many active creatures that call your backyard home during the cold season. Fresh snow and bare branches reveal tell-tale signs of who’s been visiting. See how many of these signs you can find in your backyard. This is a fun activity for adults and kids alike!

  1. Bird tracks in the snow 
  2. A feather (bonus if you can identify which bird it belongs to!)
  3. Paw prints in the snow (was it the neighbour’s cat or a friendly skunk?)
  4. A clump of animal fur (who left it behind?)
  5. An insect or invertebrate that’s active in winter
  6. A cozy leaf burrow
  7. A mouse or vole snow tunnel

Photo CC BY-NC 2.0 Marilylle Soveran

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