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Local kids explore what lurks in the backyard

Parents whose children gravitate towards the computer or video games after school have the perfect excuse to drag them out into the sunlight next week—National Wildlife Week!

Since 1938, the National Wildlife Federation has dedicated a week to, “children, youth and adults taking time to explore wildlife.” This year, the NWF is asking kids and their parents to explore wildlife through five different lenses (innovative defenses, record breakers, super senses, survive in unusual habitats, and special adaptation.) They explain these lenses on their website at http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Activities/National-Wildlife-Week/Record-Breakers.aspx.

Another tool that NWF provides in conjunction with National Wildlife Week—and that might help leverage kids into the great outdoors—is a web map of animal sightings that lets children upload their own local nature stories and animal pictures. Many observations have already been posted online in the York, Lebanon, Lancaster, Dauphin, Cumberland and Adams sections. Among the sighted animals are brown bats, white-tailed deer, red squirrels, beavers, elk, black rat snakes and more. Parents should just remember to accompany kids if they plan on venturing beyond the backyard.

Visit http://www.nwf.org/wildlifewatch/ to submit or for more information.

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