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Outdoor Hour Challenge #52

March 18, 2009

We did the outdoor hour challenge on raccoons last week.  We’re very familiar with raccoons around here, there are quite a few that live in the neighborhood!  (Yes, in downtown Salt Lake City!)  Our neighbor has some actually living in his attic that he can’t get rid of.  Raccoons visit our property but none have invaded the house.  At least, not yet!

From the Handbook of Nature Study:

“The cry or whistle of the fully grown coon is anything but a happy sound, and is quite impossible to describe.”

I completely agree with this statement, I’ve been freaked out by hearing raccoons crying outside several times.  Here’s a (bad) picture of the raccoon family that likes to hang out on our gardening shed.  We caught them at twilight a couple of times last summer.  I’ve heard them a lot running across our roof recently (another freaky sound), but it’s always too late to wake up the boys and I’m not about to climb out of my warm bed to have a raccoon encounter myself.


So for the challenge we contented ourselves with reading about Bobby Coon in the Burgess Animal Book while coloring some raccoons for our notebooks.


We then went outside.  The weather has been so wonderful lately.  I had hoped to find raccoon tracks in our garden, but we had no such luck so we went around the block and looked for signs of spring.

Found some!



3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2009 4:39 am

    Yep, you definitely don’t want to be too close to those guys. 🙂

  2. March 20, 2009 6:06 am

    Love the raccoon photo! We have a resident coon as well. He sits at our back door in the summer and looks in the glass….creepy.

    Looks like spring has come to your neighborhood!

    Thanks for sharing your link.
    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  3. March 26, 2009 7:09 pm

    I see daffodils trying to poke there way out of the ground. I really do- I want to believe that we will see some in this area- I really do. Ok dang it- I am just jealous that you have daffodils.

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