Animals leave behind clues all the time. When exploring your neighborhood or backyard, you might be lucky enough to see an animal, but even if you don’t catch a glimpse of the creature itself, you can still tell they’ve been nearby! Go on a scavenger hunt and collect clues about what animals might live nearby. Birds? A squirrel? Maybe some snails? You might be surprised what you find!
- Paper or notepad
- Pen or pencil
- Optional: crayons or markers
- Optional: a camera
- What is your theory? Use that to form a hypothesis! What creatures have you seen living nearby? What do you think you might find during your scavenger hunt?
- Head outside and look for clues. Take photos or make notes of what you find. Look for the following types of clues:
- Animals homes — nests, burrows, webs
- Sheds or molts — feathers, fur, exoskeletons
- Animal scat — bird droppings or other animal waste
- Tracks, prints, or a trail — footprints, scratch marks, a path of shiny slime
- Leftovers — a nibbled leaf or something else eaten by an animal