Learning in the Moment..Continued

The summer of rain continued this week. We are going a little stir crazy. In fact, I was trying to figure out something fun to do on Friday when I got a call from our favorite nature center – Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. If you keep up with the blog then you will remember about 8 weeks ago, Parks found sick turtle by the ornamental pond in the back of the nature center. If you do not keep up with the blog, then you can find the information here. Well, the manager of the nature center called to inform us that the turtle was back at the nature center and ready to return to her natural habitat. Amazing-I can not say enough about the staff at this nature preserve. The manager called to ask if Parks wanted to release the turtle with the staff.

So we awoke this morning and headed out to Latta for a short hike. They decided to let her go by a creek on the Hill trail (one of the kids’ favorite spots also). Parks and Sims took turns carrying her down the trail. Parks found a “perfect” spot to release her back into the nature preserve. We watched as she slowly came out of her shell and observed her new environment. It took her quite a while to decide if this was a good spot. When she made her decision that the area was ok, she made her way to nice protected spot under some roots.

Meanwhile, we had a long discussion on why we could not keep the turtle. Parks thought that we could giver her a good home at our house or that the nature center would make a good home for her also. We took a moment to get quiet, observe and listen to the forest. We heard the bubbling of the creek, the buzzing of the insects and the cawing/tweeting of birds. Then we compared the peaceful environment that the turtle was accustomed to living in to the loud, busy and crazy environment of our house. We discussed how the turtle was “old” and used to the slow, peaceful pace of the woods. The house would be too noisy and stressful for her. Thus, the decision was made and we walked away from the turtle.

(Of course, Parks was trying very hard to convince the staff member who went with us to release the turtle to place a gps tracking device on the turtle and turn the turtle into a geocache for the park.)

Learning in the Moment

Don’t you just love when learning happens without having to work at it?  Last week, we had one of those moments. It was beautiful.  The kids had several classes at Latta Plantation last week (actually every week through May!).  Most days only one kiddo had class and the others did work and explored.

Parks enjoys sitting by the small ornamental pond in the back of the nature center.  He checks on the tadpoles, watches the water, and observes the birds.  Well…on Tuesday, he was doing his normal pond squatting and saw a turtle.  He ran inside very excited for everyone to come see the turtle.

The manager of the nature center joined us as we went to see the turtle.  When we got to the little lady, the manager checked her out and realized that she was very old and very sick.  He brought her in and started her way to recovery with a bath and sent her on the vet.  The next day, Parks asked about how she was doing.  The answer was amazing.  She is doing well.  She had an infection in her eyes and throat which was preventing her from eating and limiting her breathing.  If she had not been found, then probably would have died pretty quickly.  She should be fully recovered in 8 weeks.  Parks saved the turtle.  He is very excited.  Hopefully, he will get to release her when she comes back home to the nature center!

Can you see her swollen eyes?

Can you see her swollen eyes?

Parks with his turtle

Parks with his turtle

She is an old turtle according to her shell

She is an old turtle according to her shell

Getting a bath

Getting a bath

Another critter found!

Another critter found!

Taking time to work outside

Taking time to work outside

 

****A quick update:  The turtle is doing very well.  She is eating and drinking.  I just received updated photos of her today.  Check them out below!

Healthy Turtle-Check out how nice her eyes look now!

Healthy Turtle-Check out how nice her eyes look now!

Healthy Turtle!

Healthy Turtle!

This is the infection that they got out of her eyes!

This is the infection that they got out of her eyes!