Trip Book

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Trip Book
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Observation Notebook

Name(s) of the observer(s):

Discover a corner of your city and its animals.

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Pen
  • Binoculars
  • Microscope
  • Camera
  • Clipboard

The muskrat says: Canada was once a country covered with lakes and forests. People built towns and cities. Some animals left, some stayed, and others moved in. Do animals like your city?

Identify your observation spot:

  • Name of the site:
  • Location:
  • City:
  • Date:
  • Time of arrival:
  • Time of departure:

Is the setting:

  • Quiet
  • Noisy

The skunk says: You have a better chance of seeing me in the evening!

What’s the weather like?

  • Temperature:
  • Winds:
    • None
    • Light
    • Strong
  • Sky:
    • Sunny
    • Partly cloudy
    • Cloudy
    • Rainy
    • Snowy
    • Other

Describe your surroundings:

  • Coniferous trees:
    • None
    • Some
    • Lots
  • Leafy trees:
    • None
    • Some
    • Lots
  • Flowers:
    • None
    • Some
    • Lots
  • High grasses:
    • None
    • Some
    • Lots
  • Mushrooms:
    • None
    • Some
    • Lots
  • Lawn:
    • None
    • Some
    • Lots
  • Pond or lake:
    • None
    • Some
    • Lots
  • Stream or river:
    • None
    • Some
    • Lots

The butterfly says: I adore flowers!

Sketch the various sites.

  • Look everywhere, one place at a time.
  • Look in sheltered areas, lift up stones, but act in a responsible manner and put everything back in the same spot.

The squirrel says: Look in the different parts of a tree.

The snake says: Sometimes I warm myself under rocks.

Look for signs of presence:

  • Tracks
  • Droppings
  • Holes
  • Sounds
  • Odours
  • Nests or shelters
  • Webs
  • Shedding or moulting (fur, feather)
  • Other

The beaver says: I leave several signs of my presence.

Compile your observations:

Number of:

  • Amphibians
  • Mammals
  • Fish
  • Reptiles
  • Birds

Can you name several species?


The duck says: Biodiversity is an indicator of an environment’s health.

And insects...

Number of:

  • Butterflies/caterpillars
  • Bees/wasps
  • Ladybugs
  • Dragonflies/damselflies
  • Flies/mosquitoes
  • Ants
  • Spiders
  • Other

Can you identify some species?


The mosquito says: We are at the bottom of the food chain of numerous species.

Your evaluation:

  • Is your observation site hospitable to animals?
    • Why?
  • Could the animals leave this location without facing danger?

Head home and, using a field guide, try to identify the species you have caught on camera.

The deer says: Green corridors are very important to us. They enable us to travel from one area to another in search of a partner, food, or a place to rest.

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