About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Guest Blogger: An essay on my experience with nature

We went up north to try to find some petoskey stones. They are a fossil that lived in the area when Michigan was under a salt water sea. A glacier scraped across the earth and spread the fossils around northern MI.

The petoskey stone is made of packed skeletons of coral polyps. The dark center was the mouth and the lines around it were the tentacles which brought food to the mouth.
Looking for Petoskey stones
When it is dry, it looks like limestone, but when it's wet, patterns come out.

Because the petoskey stone is so soft it can be polished with sand paper, steel wool, and finish with a cloth soaked in oil. This brings out the rays of the rising sun pattern.

The petoskey stone was named for the Ottawa chief Pe-to-se-ga which means rising sun. THE END!

This was another fabulous report by my guest blogger and nephew Evan. I hope you look forward to these posts as much as I do. And if you or any of your kids or grand-kids want to guest blog about something in nature, send it to it to bloubird@gmail.com with a description and permission to post it. We would love to share your child's thoughts and experiences with the outdoors.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology's BirdSleuth can help you get kids outside and enjoying their local parks and natural areas. Download a free Explorer's Guidebook: http://www.birdsleuth.org/guidebook/

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