|Several black bears looking for enough food to survive|
We began our day with a food hunt. I walked around with the children and collected food items that a certain creature might eat while everyone tried to guess what NH animal I was. I gathered grasses, flowers (plants), hickory nuts and acorns, a chicken (meat), insects and raspberries (fruit). Do you know which NH mammal I am? A Black Bear!
After we discussed these foods and others that would suffice for a Black Bear, each WILD CHILD acted as their own black bear and began searching for enough food for themselves. Kadence threw in a challenge. Another black bear could come and take another's food if it wasn't already eaten (or packed in their Nature Journals). This activity helped us to understand what might happen if a bear's habitat does not have the food, water, shelter or space it needs to survive.
|Dippin' Bears for Snack|
Black Bears are omnivores, which means they will eat both plant and animal matter. Most of their diet is made up of a variety of plant and plant parts like leaves, berries and nuts. What black bears eat depends on where they live and what is available at that time of year.
In order to survive, black bears, just like all wild animals, must have all their needs met by their habitat. They require large areas with lots of different foods. They also need streams, ponds, or other sources of water for drinking and cooling. They prefer forested and shrubby areas as cover for hiding and for keeping warm. In winter, black bears need a den, which may be a hollowed-out tree cavity, a hole under a log or rock, a small cave or culvert, or simply a shallow depression in the ground.
|90 Degrees and Cooling Off|
|Natural weapons, flower crown and staff|