This weeks Outdoor Hour Challenge was to observe and study geese. Part of this study included a comparison of ducks and geese. We once again ventured to our local wildlife refuge to perform our observations. Luckily this refuge is a major resting stop for migratory birds; duck and geese included. We found a large Canadian Goose population but only a few ducks (mainly Mallards). The children were able to make a few comparisons; most notable the difference in the length of the animals necks, and the difference in their bird calls.
We wanted to delve further into this weeks challenge so we decided to continue our study at our local zoo. This zoo has a very diverse population of waterfowl. We were amazed by the vast difference between all of the different duck subspecies. The colors of some of these birds were breathtaking. Each of the children chooses a different type of duck to further study once we returned home.