Winter Feed

Unexpected ๐ŸŒจSnow in ๐ŸŒผMarch

When Adrian woke up this morning, he recited a part of his Winter Poem: "Snowflakes dance throughout the night, when I open my eyes, the world is white!" (See a post here.) And indeed it was:) We usually do not get snow in March, and to see all the buds plump and red, as well as bright yellow daffodils covered by few inches of snow, was quite unexpected!  

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Our Dinosaurs enjoying the Snow (Dino Unit Study)

Well, the Groundhog did say that we will have another six weeks of winter ๐ŸŒฌโ„๏ธ๏ธ(read a post here), and here we are - a foot of ๐ŸŒจ snow! Everything is closed under a winter-storm warning, and we are enjoying the day. Our Dinosaur friends are seeing snow for the first time, they are very bewildered as they did not think the Ace Age is coming.

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DSC_0205The King-Lizard! Tyrannosaurus-Rex! He even hasmovable lower jaw! (Buy here.)

Dinosaurs occupied a diversity of habitats all over the globe for about 160 million years, and some scientists suggest that dinosaurs might have lived in snow conditions. Geological sites of Late Cretaceous period in the area of High Arctic contain the remains of dinosaurs that lived in relatively cool habitats which would have been dark for much of the year, and, based on ancient climate reconstructions, which probably experienced snowfall. 

DSC_0205Apatosaurus (buy here) a gentile herbivore -was one of the largest land animals ever existing.
DSC_0205Spinosaurus  (buy similar here) was a dangerous carnivore with many sharp teeth in its crocodile-like mouth.
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Brachiosaurus (buy here ), like a giraffe, grazed on treetops, and was one of the largest dinosaurs to ever live.

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He is Adrian's favorite!
DSC_0205"That is a lot of snow indeed!"

The evidence that dinosaurs survived in a cold, snowy and icy environment challenges what scientists know about how the animals survived. For example, in a remote area of northern Alaska, scientists have discovered a polar duck-billed dinosaur the size of a minibus that roamed above the Arctic Circle roughly 70 million years ago. The newly described herbivore was dubbed Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis, which means โ€œancient grazer of the Colville River.โ€ It was one of more than a dozen species of dinosaurs that lived surprisingly close to the North Pole. โ€œWhen we think of dinosaurs, we think of them living in a tropical paradise,โ€ said Patrick Druckenmiller, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. โ€œFor these dinosaurs, it was more like an Arctic paradise.โ€ (Read more here). 

p.s. You can read interesting facts about these dinosaurs in this post. 

 


Trees blooming on the first day of February!

Blooming tress while snow is on the ground? Spring can not be that early! Groundhog better not see its shadow tomorrow. We just had snow, and while taking a nature walk, we saw buds thickening, little yellow flowerets emerging, trees blooming! How is it possible? We are in the Northern Hemisphere, and we do not see the first blooms until late March, early April. We usually head down to Washington DC for a Cherry Blossom Festival because by us, there is usually nothing blooming at that time. We really did not expect to see blooming trees that early! No wonder Chinese New Year holiday, though in a winter, is called a "Spring Festival" because the "Start of Spring" (4โ€“18 February) is the first of the terms in the traditional solar calendar (read a post here).

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At the same time ... 

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DSC_0041-001Have you seen blooming trees๐ŸŒธ and snowโ„๏ธ๏ธ on the ground at the same time? This is the first time we are seeing such a dichotomy in nature!


Writing on Snow with Nature Objects

Recently, we had few warm days and some rain, which washed off whatever remnant of the snow there was. Yesterday, however, we had fresh snow๐ŸŒจ! Not a lot, but enough for children to rush outside and explore. 

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DSC_0207 We spotted some more deers tracks! (Read here a post on Tracking Animals in Snow.)

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Right on the tracks, Adrian decided to write his name using nature's objects he could find in our backyard:

sticks, stones, fern, he even found rosemary!

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 Recently, children had a snow volcano eruption experiment indoors, and they liked it so much, that we brought our volcano experiment outside!


DSC_0191See our Snow Volcano Experiment here

 

How do you spend time outdoors?