Happy First Day of Summer! (13 photos)

As summer begins, the birds sure are busy at Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Loons, Orioles, Hummingbirds, Sandhill Cranes, Northern Harrier and more.

Enjoy!

 

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Red-Breasted Nuthatch
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Oriole
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Oriole
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (female)
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Loon hiding on a nest where there are two eggs.
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Loon flapping its wings on the pond.
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Loon nest. Look closely and you can see two eggs!
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White-Breasted Nuthatch
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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (male)
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Northern Harrier
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Two Sandhill Cranes in a field with white Birch trees in the background.

Happy Father’s Day!

Best award for the hardest working animal dad goes to… the Great Horned Owl.

In late winter, when the female lays her two or three eggs, the male goes to work. And does he work!!

He not only catches small critters (rats, squirrels, mice, etc.) for food, he also feeds the female, who is about 25 percent larger than he is while she keeps the eggs from freezing.

Once their owlets are born, his work increases with all those owlets crying for food. The female continues to care for the owlets by keeping them warm, so the father is feeding his entire family by himself. About a month after the owlets are born, the female helps hunt for food.

During this time of year, you’ll want to keep an eye on your small dogs and cats. Those father owls have been known to go after easy pet meals as he tries to feed his little family.

Kudos to the hard working Great Horned Owl Father!

Half Resting

Honoring Veterans

Memorial Day – A day to remember our veterans, service members and emergency responders.

A photo at the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial in Washington, DC, a few years ago.

Successful agate/rock trip

We drove to northern Minnesota for the weekend and found some “spring” agates and other rocks along the shore of Lake Superior.

The weather was a bit chilly, but we still drove the Jeep with the top off.

#buildscharacter #agate

Happy Mother’s Day…

…to all mom’s and future mom’s out there!

Here’s a photo of a future Osprey mom trying to hide behind the branches of her nest. She should have chicks soon!

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Happy Easter!

Instead of a basket of eggs, here’s a bucket of sloths!

All of these are two-fingered baby sloths from the nursery at the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica.

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New Product: Odds and Evens!

Announcing a new product: Odds and Evens! A Math Sorting Game

Odds and Evens!, which is part of the Journeys to Learning! series, has students sort the numbers by odds and evens to discover who gets more salmon – the eagle or the grizzly bear!

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This game covers very basic skills but looks like a “big kid” game – great for special education or intervention!!  Use this game for math intervention for students in Grades 2-5. Students engage with the photographs and are motivated to play the game because it does not “look” like a first grade level activity. Students absolutely love this game and often play over and over again. They enjoy being able to sort even very large numbers, and this success builds confidence.

Pictures featured are all Wallner Photography originals photos!

We hope you and your students enjoy the engaging materials that include beautiful photography!

If you aren’t a special education teacher and know someone who may be interested in Journeys to Learning! products, please consider sharing this with them!

Thank you!

#JourneysToLearning! on #TpT #education #SpEd

New Product: Animal Squeeze!

Announcing a new product: Animal Squeeze! A Number Line Practice Game

Animal Squeeze!, which is part of the Journeys to Learning! series, builds number sense and strengthens math vocabulary for “greater than” and “less than.” It also can start some great conversations about the animals in the photographs! Students can select their favorite animals to squeeze the numbers as they play the game.

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Pictures featured are all Wallner Photography originals photos!

We hope you and your students enjoy the engaging materials that include beautiful photography!

If you aren’t a special education teacher and know someone who may be interested in Journeys to Learning! products, please consider sharing this with them!

Thank you!

#JourneysToLearning! on #TpT #education #SpEd

Trumpeter Swan (video)

This past weekend I went to Monticello, Minnesota, to photograph the Trumpeter Swans that gather along the Mississippi River.

Trumpeter swans are the largest water bird in North America. They gather along the Mississippi River in winter, thanks to balmy waters created from the nuclear power-generating plant just upstream from Monticello, Minnesota.

Love the trumpet sounds they make!!

Enjoy!