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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, November 01 2016 @ 10:51 AM EDT  
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While visiting with his daughter, son-in-law,
And new granddaughter in Red Deer,
Mr. Wilson has gone on several walks
To nearby wetlands.
They remind him of Elizabeth Lake
Because at this time of year,
The ponds are full of birds
Getting ready to migrate.
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Tundra swans can be seen taking off
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Canada geese are feeding,
But sometimes get chased
By none other than .....
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A muskrat.
It's amazing what you might see
When you stop and observe nature!


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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, November 01 2016 @ 10:59 AM EDT  
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Only yesterday Mr. Wilson spotted
A fox!
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It was sitting there at the side of a small pond
Watching Canada geese.
Was it thinking about its lunch?
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As the fox watched from the cover of a shrub,
A magpie landed above it.
Was it there to warn other birds
That a predator was hiding nearby?


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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, November 01 2016 @ 04:00 PM EDT  
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This morning Mr. Wilson went on his regular walk
To a wetland
Close to where his daughter lives in Red Deer.
Each trip tends to be different,
And he always wonders what he'll find.
Today he was lucky enough
To spot a downy woodpecker
On a tree beside the path
Leading to the wetland.
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When he got there,
There were no geese in sight,
And no sign of the fox he'd seen yesterday.
However, he spotted not one, or two,
Or three, but four muskrats,
Swimming in different areas of the pond.
He waited patiently
With his camera ready,
Hoping .................
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As he was about to leave,
He heard the sound of geese honking.
The noise got louder and louder.
As he looked around,
He spotted lots of geese
Circling in the distance.
When he reached the top of the embankment,
He could see hundreds of geese
Gathering in nearby fields.
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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, November 08 2016 @ 04:53 PM EST  
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If we were to go to Elizabeth Lake,
What could we hope to see
Now that we're into November?
We might be lucky to spot these birds,
Which were seen today.
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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, November 08 2016 @ 05:08 PM EST  
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If we hope to see some animals in November,
A lot depends on how quiet we are,
What kind of day it is,
And what time of day we go.
Look for signs that animals are still around,
For example, tracks, scat, or other clues.
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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, November 08 2016 @ 05:27 PM EST  
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Maybe there are other clues
Which show animals were around
In the spring and summer
When it was warmer?
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By: SMW (offline) on Tuesday, November 08 2016 @ 05:41 PM EST  
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What do animals find to eat in November,
When it's getting colder,
And there are less hours of daylight?
Until the lake freezes over,
Waterfowl should be able to find food underwater.
Deer should also be able find food
Even after snow covers the ground.
Which animals might feed on these seeds or berries,
Or find food inside a tree trunk?
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By: SMW (offline) on Wednesday, November 09 2016 @ 07:47 PM EST  
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We're Mrs. Duchscherer's Grade 3 class.
Today we went to Elizabeth Lake with Mr. W.
Each of us thought of something important
That Elizabeth Lake needs to stay healthy.
We learned that all the living things
And non-living things we suggested
Are important to keep the wetland habitat healthy.
Here we are making the Circle of Life.
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Guess what one of our classmates found?
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Shortly after someone else spotted one
By the side of the trail.
Pretty good camouflage, eh?
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