Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Wild Chickadees of Big Hill Creek

[Apr 19 2014]

Easter weekend we had nothing planned for Saturday, so we went down to Cochrane for a walk. We thought about going out to Big Hill Springs, but it seemed a bit far and probably pretty mucky. We had no idea what we might find in Cochrane, except that the maps showed some sort of pathway following a creek near the Bow River.

It turns out that creek is Big Hill Creek, flowing from Big Hill Springs down to Cochrane to join the Bow River. We started at the Bow and walked upstream, stopping to drop sticks off every one of the many bridges we encountered along the way. Everyone drops a stick on the upstream side of the bridge and then you rush over to the downstream side to see whose stick floats by first. I first learned about this game from reading "Winnie the Pooh" as young boy. The game was called "Pooh-sticks", which is pretty hilarious to a kid.

Each student in Scott's grade one class has been assigned an animal to learn more about. Scott got the chickadee. I knew nothing about the chickadee. Scott, on the other hand, knows what they look like and what they sound like, and he spotted one along the creek. We got some good pictures of chickadees and a video for him to share with his class.

I really liked walking outside with my family. I really, really liked it. It is so fun to have your kids buzzing around nature, laughing and squealing. I may not know bird calls, but I know what kids sound like when they are having fun and it is one of the best sounds in the world.

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