Winter Ecology Wind sock ice chimes

Winter Ecology


Make Ones Own “Windsock Ice Chimes”.

Was out and about the creek today. High tide wind blowing nice. Cold,clear, winter wind. Ice still has yet to form up. Listening to the tidal ice twinkle and chime away in the wind.


Kids Activity – Make Ones Own Ice Chimes. Obtain ice sheets, irregular shaped or not. Keep sheets about the size of one adult palm. Use one’s on hand to size up. One can obtain these sheets just by walking through a park. Poke a hole though one area of the sheet that has been gathered. A few different ways that must done by an adult. One can of course involve kids of all ages w this. Heat up the tip of the metal nail or drill a hole in the ice sheet. Tie a small ribbon, heavy duty fishing line, shoelaces or such from one ice sheet to a coat hanger or wooden dowel. Allow the ice sheets to hang down. The will whisper and sing in different tones as they hang. When they get warm they will melt. If you can get really thin sheets the sounds are sweeter.


One can make ones own ice sheets in a freezer (though that is not natural ice). Take a dinner plate Fill w water. Put in freezer. When frozen solid pull out. Drill holes, tie together. Ideally when the sheets are hanging down they touch and move about which is where noises arises.


How scientific can it get ? very….frequency and resonance of light, noise, wind,

Winter ecology for kids: Why Bumblebees don’t ski

One might skate into winter ecology for kids of all ages in a few different ways. Maybe try out: “Why is that Bumblees don’t ski?” Begin exploring how wild critters adapt in the cold. People just dress warmer. As for the Bumblebees….well, that ‘s quite a bit different.

Engage the young mind as you help dress your child for the cold, discussing how insects, to include bees, can’t simply add layers of clothing. So, what do they do?

Encourage the child to wonder; What does a Bumblebee do in the winter?

For a quick insight into the science, take a look at thermo-regulation of the Arctic Bumblebee found at the following link: https://thermobees.weebly.com/arctic-bees.html

The goal here is simply to show that Learning is Fun, Naturally!

Kids activity – winter ecology

“Education is fun, Naturally” Kids Activity for Observing Winter Ecology.

Want to See an ice crystal ? Want to take a picture of one? Even though its going to be 50 today, low tide around 430PM, don’t mean one don’t observe, if feasible ice. Photos appreciate ice crystals shapes and how they bond to each other in a clumping manner and fashion.


Kids Activity to Capture and Observe Ice Crystals.


One can obtain photos of ice crystals by leaving a piece of clean glass outside, overnight. background is a black cloth. Snag an eye loupe or a magnifying glass. You can really examine, under various magnifications, the structure of separate crystals.

Discussions on what the ice/frost does, how it gets there, what is frost/ice/snow, when does ice/frost form, critters in the winter and other areas of winter ecology can follow.


LaChapelle’s “Field Guide to Snow Crystals” is an wonderful field guide that helps one id type of crystals. These in the photo are “stellar crystals” (per international snow classification) . Note: radiating assemblage of fern like dendrites.


LaChapelle’s coaches folks in how to observe ice crystals under a microscope. Hint-Shine light onto crystals from the side. Provides best magnified look at ice (is a vice). Another way to to use the flash setting of ones camera. If you really want to see the “wild” side of ice, view the ice crystals under a black-light. The refractory views and colors are tip of that hat tops….

Don’t hesitate to zap a note if you have any questions.


Online Guides:


http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/class/class-old.htm


http://www.snowcrystals.com/guide/guide.html

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