This is the time of year when nature swoons.. it’s all around; everything is green. Caterpillars and other larvae overwhelm the branches of host plants in a race to reach adulthood and lay eggs before being eaten by natural predators. Birds’ eggs hatch and chicks begin to fly; feeders and waterers teem with feathered frenzy. Children run and play through soft grass, soaking up sunrays before everything becomes harsh and brown and dry.

Hackberry Emperor Butterfly Caterpillar (I think.)

Playing and learning combine as the children make some new discovery – a flower here, a caterpillar there. We like to look them up, learn their names, their benefits, their life cycle.

More Hackberry Emperor Butterfly Larvae

We have several different websites we go to find the information that we seek. Today I want to share my top ten websites for learning about the nature around us:

1. What’s That Bug

2. North American Moths & Butterflies

3. Bug Guide

4. What Bird

5. All About Birds

6. Trees of Texas

7. Texas Wildflower Identification Index

8. Bird Jam (Learn the birds you hear.)

9.  Snake Identification Guide (We don’t see too many of these!!)

10. eNature <– this is a new one for me!

What websites do YOU use?

For a time, until the ABC’s of Homeschooling returns on Tuesdays, I’ll be joining in Top Ten {Tuesdays} with Angie at Many Little Blessings.
I was hoping that today I would also be able to show you my decluttered and reorganized bookshelf that I shared last week. It’s only half done. And that camera that I bought last week?? I sent it back. Now I have to pick another one. So I’m sorry to say that y’all will have to bear with camera phone photos a little longer. (They’re better than the new camera photos – trust me!)

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Hey, y’all! I’m Amber and I wear many hats. I drink a ton of coffee and I’m constantly sweeping crumbs off the floor. After 18 years of homeschooling, I’m getting close to graduating my third child and now we are starting over at preschool with our fourth, Lil Miss Mouse. She keeps us young and she’s the main reason for my excessive coffee consumption. Drink up!