Friday, November 25, 2016

Meet Hawk

This is Hawk. He is a young horse. My Uncle Billy has ownership over the horse. Hawk is very cute. Horses need lots of exercise and  
 a large supply of water to sustain them. Horses can get a condition called colic where the stomach of the horse gets twisted because of sediment pollution, or a fight with another horse. My Uncle Billy gave us treats to feed to Hawk. They were made of apples, and Hawk loved them.

Sonoran Desert Museum

     For the third day of our vacation, we went to the Sonoran Desert Museum outside of Tucson. It is a natural museum with large botanical gardens, and everything inside is living.

The first picture is of a deer. Deer have thin fur and little white tails.  They usually are symbols of peace. In the next picture, we have a black bear. Black bears are among the smallest species of bears. They are fuzzy and black and are easily scared. If you yell at them or see them in the woods, they will go away. In the next picture, we have a western screech owl. These creatures are very tiny and only come out at night. They love hunting fish and moths. They are also very cute. Next, we have a prairie dog. They are adorable. They have dark, tan skin and live in burrows. They live in huge families of 10-20, and one always stands watch. They are one of the few animals that can stand on two legs. In the next picture, we have a bobcat. Bobcats generally look like big house cats. They have short tails and long, pointy ears with tufts on the end, and they are very good at climbing. The next picture is of a red fox. It is curled up and taking a nap and looks very cute. Unlike dogs, foxes are long, skinny and weasel-like. Next, we have a javelina (hah-vuh-lee-nuh). They are related to wild peccaries, but they live in the desert. They have specially designed mouths so they can eat cacti without getting hurt. The cacti applies lots of nutrients and water. Next we have a coyote. If you live in the United States, you have probably seen one. They are related to dogs and are brown and gray. Next we have a river otter. These are related to sea otters like the ones in my visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium post. Except these are from freshwater lakes and streams. Next we have an underwater habitat. Can you find the two minnows in this picture? There are transparent little fish in this huge underwater habitat. Next we have some big-horned sheep. These are very, very good at climbing and live on mountains. In this exhibit, there were four. In the same exhibit, we saw a large desert iguana, that is also a picture in this collage. Next we have a beaver diving underwater. Beavers have their own language that they speak by moving their tail. Next we have a large red flower. There is a hummingbird on the stem of this flower. These hummingbirds are really cute. They are blind to any color except red, so they love red flowers. We went inside an aviary which was filled with 12 different types of hummingbirds. It was a great experience and I learned a lot.                                                                                                                                                        

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2nd Day Of Our Vacation

     Today we went to the Sonoran desert in Arizona. We stopped in a town known as Quartzite. There was lots, and lots of quartz crystals on the ground. There were also lots of strange plants. There was even a huge quartz slab that looked like a chunk of ice:

After 4 hours of driving, we made it to our destination in Tucson, Arizona. There we stopped at Saguaro National Park to see thousands of cacti dotting the landscape. There were ancient stone drawings from native americans. The three pictures shown below are: a huge panorama of the cacti, a native american rock drawing, and a close up of a cactus.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Hauser Geode Beds

     Today we went to the Hauser Geode beds to look for agate and geodes. We drove 4 hours to get to Hauser. We saw two other rockhounds (people who dig for precious minerals and fossils). We also saw some amazing desert landscape with cacti and strange plants. Agate is a sparkly mineral that is orange, red, or yellow. If you turn it, it sparkles. To tell what stones are geodes, you must find a stone with greenish, bubble-shaped crystals on the outside then break it open. It will be filled with beautiful agate and quartz crystals. If you look somewhere else, you may find a amethyst geode with purple amethyst crystals inside. NO PICTURES YET.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Testing My dog's Food's Nutritional Value

This week, i'll be testing nutritional values of different foods. You can always send me a post on one of your favorite foods,  then I will reply with a little studying. I used some information from the back of my dogs food bag.

One of the ingredients is chicken and turkey giblets. this consists of a fowls organs. It has one gram of carbohydrates and one gram of fat. Next ingredient, beans. beans are very good for you and can prevent tummy aches.  LOTS of greens like celery, lettuce, and spinach. Some zinc. Zinc is a common element on the periodic table and is a natural metal that our body needs. Next up, seeds. there are at least five types of seeds in this food. Seeds are considered some of the most healthy parts of the plant. It also contains raspberry and sasparilla root. These are very healthy parts of the plant, but contain lots of natural sugars that charge you up. This must explain why my dog is so crazy. 
And on the healthy meter this food is..................

pretty good

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium

This weekend I went to Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). We needed to take a long drive to get to Monterey Bay. On the way, we stopped at an elephant seal rookery. Many of the elephant seals were shedding their fur, others were sleeping, and others even scooched along the sand with their belly! There was even a female digging a hole.



It took all day to drive (not including the fact that we stopped at a taco stand- yum). By the time we made it, it was sunset. My Dad and I went out on the beach with our nets to see if we could catch anything. There was nothing on the beach to catch.

The next day we went to MBA. I created a collage out of the pictures I took at the aquarium. I created it on

The largest picture is a sea otter. Sea otters eat shellfish and break the shells open using rocks. The picture to the far right top is a picture of a school of sea nettles.  The picture below the jellyfish is filled with strawberry anemones (u-ne-mo-nees).  How many anemones do you think there are? The picture below the anemones is crabs crawling all over a rock. The picture left to the crab is a giant pacific octopus against the glass. It gives you a great look at an octopus' suction cups. The bottom picture left to the octopus is a garden of garden eels. A garden eel will burrow underground and stay inside a hole. Finally, above the garden eels there is one of the largest tanks in the world. It's the open ocean tank! A couple of open ocean creatures live in this huge tank like hammerhead sharks, yellowfin tuna, mackerel, mahi mahi, and even a huge school of 9,998 sardines (it started with 10,000, but the shark ate two).

Afterward, it took a whole day to drive home. But we got to drive along the coast. I read most of the way. The trip was an interesting experience.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Birds in the morning

Video By Sir Isaac II
Can you see all the birds in this video. There are 3 songbirds, 2 orioles, and one scrub jay. An oriole is a small bird that is black on the belly with yellow on top. A scrub jay is a large bird with a grey body and some blue on top. There are two types of songbirds, one is a red bellied bird, and the other one is a sparrow. Do you know what kind of bird the one with the red bellie is?