Posted by Alana T.
Watershed Nature Center, and practice
those ID skills. Please be careful handling any insects; some have irritating bristles or exudates.
a great PDF you can download for easy how-tos. (I suggest a bait of peanut butter and oats - no sardines - you'll get plenty of interested animals). The key for success is using the finest sand you can find and keeping it clean. With this book as a companion, you can find out who else lives in the neighborhood with you. You will likely get skunks and racoons, but you may be surprised at some of the other guests. Out at Watershed we had tracks from deer, beaver, various small rodents, mink, turtles, large beetles and more! Building and maintaining a sandpad is a great way to get youngsters engaged in science and nature.