So many people walk through the woods without realizing that all around them live hundreds, thousands of animals. Many of those animals are tiny such as worms, insects, arachnids and crustaceans that most people don't think of because they don't see them. Others, like salamanders, toads and shrews live much of their lives under logs, under leaves or in quiet dark holes. Even the animals we are used to, such as squirrels, rabbits, deer and foxes tend to hide from the noise we make tromping through the woods. Birds move around above our heads in the trees but even they tend to be quieter as we humans pass through.
When I go out with children on walks here on Cape Cod I often ask them to help me look for animal homes. Once they catch on to all the different kinds of animal homes that are in sight in just a small area they love to keep watch and point out possible homes for the rest of the walk.
Pictured here are a chipmunk home, a mouse house, a squirrel home, a bird home and insect homes. Can you tell which is which?