According to Brierson’s article “early memorable experiences” in natural spaces with a counselor to help children understand the natural going’s on is the incubator for developing an environmental consciousness. Whether you live in the city or a rural area, there are various Associations and Organizations who can offer fun filled outdoor adventures (should you not have the inclination or time to do so yourself) with enthusiastic instructors who can help build your children’s confidence and peace . Just another good reason to look into what organizations such as Scouts, Girl Guides and your Conservation Associations have to offer.
A walk in the woods.
There seemed to be a lively population of this mollusk in the area that we walked as we sited several on the bark of trees on the trail we traveled. Its habitat ranges from woods to dunes.
This snail originated in Central Europe and was introduced and is now naturalized in many U.S. states and in Southern Canada. It grows to about 25 mm is size and feeds on dead plant material, worms and snails. All the snails we saw were hiding in their shells. Further reading on this species indicated that they like a temperature of about 69-75 F degrees. Above 80 F they “estivate” which is a summer hibernation. As it was very, very hot over the week-end we can conclude that they were in summer hibernation mode. If the air temperature is not suitable they will enclose themselves in their shells with a mucus membrane until the temperatures are to their liking. The snails are a food source for wild birds. We did find empty shells around the trees with large holes in the shells. Likely the remains of a bird meal.Your commentary is encouraged and welcome below or to firstname.lastname@example.org