Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Natural World Awareness Test

How much do you know about the world around you--the natural world, the larger world, not the world of your life as a socialized human?  How much are you aware?

Do you know from your own observation ( not from looking it up at the US naval observatory you physics-types) what time sunrise and sunset are happening right now?  To about ten minutes?

What stage is the moon right now?

Roughly when will it rise tonight?  In what part of the sky will it be?

Do you know how to find any stars and constellations?  Do you know which constellations are visible in your area this time of year, and which are not?  At 2am as well as 9pm? (If you think that corresponds with what zodiac sign is currently leading the horoscopes, you are wrong.  Also, if you ever refer to "astronomy" as "astrology", you lose.  Don't pass GO, don't collect 200 dollars.)

Can you identify at least ten species of tree in your area?  At least twenty?  Fifty? In winter without the leaves to help you?

For all North American residents:  can you at least distinguish an oak from other trees?

For all North American residents:  at the very least a PINE tree from other trees?

In places that have a winter:  Do you know where insects and bugs go in winter?

Do you know how trees and plants make other trees and plants?

Do you know what kind of large mammals actually do and don't exist in your forest?

Do you know what to do if you encounter one?

Can you distinguish hawks, falcons, eagles, and vultures from each other when viewed in flight?  (ooh, tricky.)

North American residents:  is it a raven, or a crow?  (ooh, tricky again.)

Do you know what types of clouds indicate that a front is coming?  Do you know what a front is, and how it affects the weather outside?

Do you know how to dilineate venemous snakes from non-venemous ones?

Frogs from toads?

Butterflies from moths?

Do you know what to do if you are stuck outside in a thunderstorm?

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