Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

This Family Nature Explorers program with Metro took us to the Sandy River in Oxbow Regional Park () to learn about tracking animals and aquatic bugs. Our guide was Dan Daly, ever the perceptive naturalist. Some fellow nature buddies were there, too, so a grand time was had! (photos)

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

A large group of ants got the attention of everyone:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Using our deer ears:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

And our eyes:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Now to the trail that leads down to the river:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

We were tasked to lift up rocks in the water to see if any aquatic bugs were underneath, then to wash them off into the plastic tubs for better viewing:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Must be nice to have such a view:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Notice one boy being held by his shirt in order to get a rock farther out:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

My big aquatic bug hunter:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

The self-made shell of a caddisfly larvae:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Observing her finds:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Lots of tracks were pre-marked for us:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Deer track:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

More deer tracks:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

While checking out tracks, we saw a large garter snake resting on a branch in a bush:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Of course, I had to catch it (and it gifted me the awful stench of its feces on my arm):

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

A recommended guide for tracks, Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

The last part of the program was a walk through the forest. Banana slug:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

I wonder how this happened:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Salmonberry:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

We came upon a deer:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Continuing on the trail while trying not to scare the deer away:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

Don’t know why Patrick is trying to hide, but here are our friends with our guide and his assistants:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

As we were driving out of the park, we spotted a Pileated Woodpecker (bad photo):

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

And one more deer:

Family Nature Explorers at Oxbow Regional Park

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