On this page you'll find coloring pages and instructions for making origami and other models of certain local species of mammals you might see in winter:
- Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
- Red-tailed Hawk
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Locations, Credits and Copyright, left to right: Eastern Cottontail in Cambridge, © Mark Rosenstein, CC BY-NC-SA; Eastern Cottontail in North Cambridge, © mamiles BY-NC-ND; Eastern Cottontail in Harvard Yard in winter, © Amy, CC BY-SA.
Make an Origami Rabbit
Locations, Credits and Copyright, left to right: Raccoon at Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge, © Richard Lee Gardner, all rights reserved; Two photos of raccoon at Alewife Reservation © Richard George (photography.parsingphase.com), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND).
Make a Raccoon Mask
Red-tailed Hawks are common wild predators in our city. Adults have rusty red tail feathers, but young hawks have brown tail feathers. You can download the picture as a coloring page, color the hawk and write down what you wonder about this bird.
See a video taken of a Red-tailed Hawk nest at 185 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, here on YouTube:
Make a Log Book
A log or log book is one way to record your observations briefly. Download our log book for making winter outdoor observations here and print:
Make a Nature Journal
You can make your own nature journal to record what you observe outside. Look for some blank paper, and some cardboard or heavy paper, in your house (don't use corrugated—bumpy— cardboard). You can either make holes in the paper and sew or tie string or twine through the holes to "bind" your journal together, or just use a stapler. If you use a stapler, cover the sharp edges of the staples with heavy tape, like duct tape. Use either blank, unlined paper for the inside, or a mix of lined and blank paper. You want space to draw what you see as well as write down what you observe. Here's a video about making a nature journal from local nonprofit Cambridge School Volunteers: