One thing Wild: The animal adventurer’s information

Susie Spikol, a naturalist on the Harris Heart for Conservation Schooling in Hancock, is the writer of “The Animal Adventurer’s Guide.” She spoke with One thing Wild’s Chris Martin and Dave Anderson about her new e book.

The cover of The Animal Adventurer's Guide

The e book options actions to carry youngsters nearer to wild animals and expands the concept of the place — and what — wild animals are.


“You don’t have to go anywhere special to find something wild. You can go out your back door or your front door,” Spikol says. “You can look in the crack in a sidewalk. You can look at a forest, a stonewall. Even along the edges of roads and highways, you can find wild things. So I just wanted to get people thinking that nature happens everywhere.”

People tend to emphasize “big wildlife,” she says, “but I’m all about the little things that you can see…the ladybug in your house is just as wild as the eagle that you see flying.” Even the spider within the nook of the room? “Definitely wild!”

Spikol additionally encourages youngsters to transcend “yuck!” Leeches are a very good instance.


“When we go ponding and we find a big juicy leech, a lot of it is like ‘gross, ugh, it might get stuck on me,'” says Spikol. “But then when we stop and we look at the leech and really take the time to talk about and look at its body and see how it moves and its colors, it’s actually really an incredibly beautiful creature.”

A woman shows a toddler an acorn on the ground in the forest


Susie Spikol factors out an acorn to just a little pal.

Spikol has spent loads of time discovering the worth in one thing which may trigger others to recoil.

“Around my neighborhood and in my community, people often refer to me as the Princess of Poop, which some people might take as something not so nice,” she says. “But I love it! It is all about my scat collection, which I have been collecting since the early nineties. It’s a great teaching tool. If you really want to know what an animal eats, take a good, hard look at what it excretes.”


One of many actions in her e book is making a bug pooter —which, simply based mostly on the title alone, is certain to enchantment to youngsters.

“It’s actually a bug vacuum,” Spikol says. “I give directions on how to make this little bug vacuum out of a cup and some straws and a little bit of clay and some screens. And it’s not like you’re sucking the bug into your mouth, but you create the sort of vacuum that pulls the bug into the jar so you can catch the bug without touching it or hurting it or scaring it away.”

Spikol additionally makes word of the significance of getting near nature.

”The precise bodily act of being the one who’s studying comply with a frog, rise up shut, get quiet, bend down and catch it in your hand after which maintain it, really feel it is mild physique in your hand… that is actually essentially totally different than watching it on a display screen,” she says. “And I feel these experiences are the experiences that go proper into your coronary heart. And that is actually what I hope my e book does is, is assist households and children discover entry to that.”

Susie Spikol in the NHPR studios.

Susie Spikol within the NHPR studios.

One thing Wild is a partnership of New Hampshire Audubon, the Forest Society, and NHPR and is produced by the staff at Outdoors/In.

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