We recently did a nature study with our kids about Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep. They are frequently sighted on the side of I-70 near Georgetown, Colorado. My husband spotted a large group of them so we exited and slowly approached and observed them for a while. We kept our distance because whenever they moved across the steep slope rocks would slide down and threaten our minivan.
We spotted 2 ewes, 1 ram and a lamb.
The next day we read and Bud narrated from The Handbook of Nature Study, by Anna Botsford Comstock about common traits and habits of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep. We also read the story about Isaac and Abraham from Genesis 22. We watched several National Geographic YouTube videos about rams competing by head butting each other. Clack! The noises apparently be heard for miles.
The next Tuesday, we drew pictures of the sheep in our nature notebooks.
Peanut – Age 5
Bud – Age 7
My journal entry
It can be hard to venture out into the single digit temperatures this time of the year to enjoy nature study so we jump at any opportunity to see wildlife up close. The kids had fun studying these amazing creatures.
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. Genesis 22:13