Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Bird Study – Baltimore Oriole

Note: If you’re on the west coast, look for the Bullock’s oriole for your study instead. Information and a link are in the original challenge in the archive post linked below.

You can also substitute the How to Learn Bird Songs and Calls activity  linked in the original study.

The Baltimore oriole is a gorgeous bird! I’ve never seen one in person, but someday I hope to see one during my travels. This is one reason we can study birds or other nature topics we don’t expect to find in our local area. Gathering facts and knowledge ahead of time prepares us for the time we stumble upon something new or unexpected.

Click the link below to see the original challenge in the archives or if you’re a member here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you can open the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook (linked below) for the lesson, the notebook pages, and the images.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore oriole image from Fishhawk

Would you like some fun facts about Baltimore orioles? Here’s a link to Wild Birds Unlimited: Baltimore Orioles.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Baltimore Oriole @handbookofnaturestudy

Link to the Archive Challenge: Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole nest

Baltimore oriole nest from synspectrum

Both the bird and the nest would make awesome subjects for a nature journal page. This challenge can also be all about differences in bird nests using the links in the original challenge.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Nature Study Continues ebook

If you want to purchase the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook so you can follow along with all the notebooking pages, coloring pages, and subject images, you can join the Ultimate or Journey Membership Levels. See the Join Us page for complete information. Also, you can view the Summer Nature Study Continues – New Ebook announcement page for more details.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

Use the discount code SUMMER5 for $5 off your Ultimate Naturalist Library membership and you’ll have access to the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook and the Brook and Stream Nature Study notebook page along with 20 other ebooks and many, many more printables!

Summer Insect Study With the Outdoor Hour Challenge

As the season gets started, you may wish to plan a few summer insect nature studies. There’s such a wealth of knowledge about insects in the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. Using the lessons along with the Outdoor Hour Challenge will make you confident to tackle insect nature study this summer. You won’t need to travel far to find an insect to learn about with your children!

Summer Insect Studies

Suggested Insects

  • Dragonfly
  • Cricket
  • Mosquito
  • Ladybug
  • Firefly
  • Moth
  • Yellow Jacket

You can find a complete list of the insects in the archives by clicking the “Insect” tab at the top of the website or clicking the button below.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Insect Nature Study Challenges Index @handbookofnaturestudy

If the insect is included in an ebook here on the website, you’ll find it noted after the insect name. Members have access to the ebook challenge along with the accompanying notebook pages, coloring page, and images.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

If you’d like to purchase a membership to have all of the ebooks at your fingertips, you can click the graphic above. Please use the discount code SUMMER5 to receive $5 off an Ultimate Naturalist membership.

Printables for Members Button

Members also have access to the printables library with additional insect related notebooking pages and activities.

 Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter June 2016 cover

Members may wish to download and print the June 2016 newsletter for even more insect study ideas and printables!

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Summer Caddisfly Nature Study

What is a caddisfly? Use this challenge to learn about a creature you may have in your local area and you just never noticed it before!

The caddisfly larvae (caddisworms) will be found in creeks, ponds, and streams.

caddisfly case

Image of a caddisfly case attribution to S. Rae

caddisfly

Image of Caddisfly attribution to Katja Schulz

Adult caddisflies are moth-like creatures that will be attracted to light in the evenings.

Watch this video to create some interest: Deep Look-The Amazing Underwater Tape of the Caddisfly. Note: this video has references to evolution.

The Outdoor Hour Challenge for caddisflies is a great opportunity to take a creek walk. Make sure to watch the video linked above to get an idea of what to look for while you’re exploring your creek. You’ll also want to make sure to keep your eyes out for water striders too, since they may be much easier for your children to spot on the surface of the water.

Use the archive link below to get prepared for your Outdoor Hour time and then enjoy a day at the creek!

Outdoor Hour Challenge Caddis Fly @handbookofnaturestudy

Link to the Archive Challenge: Caddisfly and Water Strider

Brook and Stream Mini Grid Study

Members here on the Handbook of Nature Study may wish to print out the Brook and Stream Nature Study notebook page in the printables library. This activity would be a great complement to your caddisfly/creek day.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Nature Study Continues ebook

If you want to purchase the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook so you can follow along with all the notebooking pages, coloring pages, and subject images, you can join the Ultimate or Journey Membership Levels. See the Join Us page for complete information. Also, you can view the Summer Nature Study Continues – New Ebook announcement page for more details.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

Use the discount code SUMMER5 for $5 off your Ultimate Naturalist Library membership and you will have access to the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook and the Brook and Stream Nature Study notebook page along with 20 other ebooks and many, many more printables!