Get the Scoop on Animal Poop

I created this program, Get the Scoop on Animal Poop and Farts in the Wild, when I came across a fart book. I thought it would be perfect to accompany my poop program. I have been collecting scat for four years. Oh my, yes. Anytime I came across poop or scat or feces or whatever you want to cleanly call it, I would bag it.  Nobody wants to ever talk about it but there are so many books on animal poop. If we can identify an animal by its tracks, then why not by its droppings? So, I gathered my collection from the freezer. No, not the kitchen one but our extra upright in the garage. I was amazed at how many different species I had. Okay, some were from my exotic pets but there were real wild ones, too.

For the program I created tracks and scat stations which shows the animals tracks, their scat and a hint about the animal. Since scat can differ between seasons by what the animal eats, I included a hint. Since the program I have typed up descriptions to be included for future presentations.  We listened to animal farts, and completed a worksheet from investigating the tracks and scat stations. What fun we all had! Giggles all over. Now, don’t mistake our giggles for silliness, we did learn a fact or two on animal scats. There were mystery poops like a pine cone and chocolate candy resembling droppings.

References: Farts in the Wild, a spotter’s guide by H.W. Smeldit and Jared Chapman. The Truth about Poop by Susan C. Goodman. Get the Scoop on Animal Poop by Dawn Cusick. Tracks, Scats and Signs by Leslie Dendy. Scats and Tracks of the Northeast by James C. Halfpenny

And you thought I made this stuff up?

Here are some photos:

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. John Hess
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 20:44:31

    Very nice! It sounds like it was fun to put together and a fun class all around.


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