We love it when young people want to know more about the natural world, and we want to support them in any way we can. One way we can do that is to provide stories, photos, and short articles about wildlife and wild places, and The Treefrog Times does just that. Each issue can be downloaded for free, from this page.
The Treefrog Times – Jul2019 (click to download) – includes finding salamanders in Kentucky, a profile of the Prairie Kingsnake, and the Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington.
The Treefrog Times – Aug2019 (click to download) – includes a letter to those who may be afraid of spiders, some information about spiders and other arachnids, a profile of the Northern Cardinal (redbird), and the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge in Fort Worth.
The Treefrog Times – Sep2019 (click to download) – features an article about how food webs work, told as a narrative of the lives of grass, a grasshopper, mice, a lizard, a snake or two, and a hawk. There is also something new: “First Finds,” a page for younger readers with a little information about the Blackstripe Topminnow with a sketch that can be colored.
Treefrog Times – Oct2019 (click to download) – features an article about the historic “Caddo Oak” at Southwest Nature Preserve and a little about other Post Oak trees. A second article talks about taking a walk in the woods while staying focused on the present moment, and how patiently observing insects like tiger beetles and butterflies might be part of the practice of “mindfulness” on such walks.
If you like it, please let others know and send them to this page so they can see for themselves. We think it is ideal for school teachers and homeschoolers. The stories and articles are short and engaging, and the photos bring those stories to life. The “Meet Your Neighbors” feature highlights a species of animal or plant that may live nearby, and so it may be a neighbor you’ll enjoy meeting. The “Places to Go” feature tells about preserves, parks, or other places you can visit and see a slice of wild Texas and learn about how it was before towns, cities, and roads were built.
Michael Smith has written many articles, co-authored a book about finding reptiles and amphibians all over Texas (Herping Texas) and has a book for teens and adults due to be published next year. Although reptiles and amphibians are his specialty, Michael is interested in the bigger picture of plant and animal communities, and plans to include all of that in future issues.