Coastal Bend Nature Challenge: Celebration of Flight

*Joey and William will be guests here on the blog as they document our Nature Challenge journey for 2016.october-2016-006_1_1 october-2016-008_2_1 october-2016-009_3_1september-2016-002_1_1

The Challenge: Attend the Celebration of Flight (we were not able to make it on September 24th for the kids’ day so we joined in the celebration on the 25th).september-2016-003_2_1 september-2016-005_3_1 september-2016-008_4_1 september-2016-100_14_1

W:  We went to the Celebration of Flight.  We saw hawks migrating.september-2016-009_5_1 september-2016-010_6_1 september-2016-013_7_1

J:  I saw hummingbirds before I even saw a hawk.  They were very cute and they were next to the hummingbird feeders.  I knew what attracted them at that moment.september-2016-014_8_1 september-2016-015_9_1 september-2016-016_10_1 september-2016-017_1_1

W:  I saw them first and I pointed them out to Joey.september-2016-020_2_1 september-2016-025_3_1 september-2016-027_4_1

J:  No, you didn’t.  Daddy pointed them out to me.september-2016-031_5_1 september-2016-036_6_1

W:  Well let’s just assume that I did.september-2016-040_7_1 september-2016-042_8_1 september-2016-043_1_1

Me:  Boys, focus please.september-2016-044_2_1 september-2016-049_3_1 september-2016-052_4_1 september-2016-053_5_1

J:  We got up to the hawk watch platform and pulled out our binoculars.  There was a lady there who knew a lot about the hawks and she helped us find and identify some.  I also knew that the lady we met last year must be there somewhere.  She was!  I was happy to see her again.september-2016-054_6_1 september-2016-058_7_1 september-2016-059_8_1 september-2016-060_9_1

W:  We saw both ladies?september-2016-061_10_1 september-2016-062_11_1 september-2016-063_12_1 september-2016-065_13_1

J:  Well, we saw a lady from this year and a lady from last year.  So…if you’re talking about a different lady from last year, I don’t think so, but the lady that taught us about thermals last year was there.  We talked to her.  Don’t you remember?  She told us about the tree that has leaves like sandpaper.september-2016-061_10_1 september-2016-062_11_1

W:  What?  Ooohhh, yeah, I do remember that.  And I remember her.september-2016-063_12_1 september-2016-065_13_1

J: After we did some hawk watching and drawing, we went for a walk.september-2016-066_1_1 september-2016-067_2_1

W:  We went exploring and Daddy said, “Look!” and we went down a secret passage.september-2016-069_3_1 september-2016-070_4_1 september-2016-072_5_1

J:  It was very fun except I didn’t like the part with the very tall grass.  On our way back from the walk, we smelled smoke.september-2016-073_6_1 september-2016-074_7_1 september-2016-076_8_1

W:  It was the beginning of a Native American blessing.  First we got blessed.september-2016-098_12_1 september-2016-099_13_1

J:  They were burning sage and they used the smoke to give us each a blessing.  It was like incense.  Then the Native Americans did some singing.  Then they did some dancing.  They were blessing the hawks’ migration and also sending our prayers up to be carried to Heaven with the hawks.  It took almost forever for the ceremony to end.september-2016-077_9_1 september-2016-080_10_1 september-2016-081_11_1 september-2016-085_13_1

W: It was very fun to watch them sing and dance.september-2016-086_1_1 september-2016-087_2_1 september-2016-088_3_1 september-2016-089_4_1

J:  There was a Sun and a Moon represented in the dance.september-2016-091_5_1 september-2016-092_6_1 september-2016-093_7_1 september-2016-094_8_1

W:  After the ceremony we went to hold snakes.  There was a Mexican Milk snake, a Rat snake and a Western Garter snake.  They were fantastic.  I love holding snakes.  There was a lady there who said she was gardening and she stuck her hand in the garden and suddenly heard a rattle.  It was a rattlesnake!  She told us never to stick our hands into a place where we can’t see what we’re touching because there could be snakes.  I think that was good advice.  Okay, until next time!september-2016-095_9_1 september-2016-096_10_1 september-2016-097_11_1 september-2016-103_15_1 september-2016-107_18_1

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One thought on “Coastal Bend Nature Challenge: Celebration of Flight

  1. Oh my gosh! Those are the cutest comments anc pictures. Maybe if everyone had the chance to hold the harmless snakes they wouldn’t be so frightened of them. I am not as bad as i was before but I still haven’t held one.

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