This week’s nature study is on cattails! It just so happened that on our walk around the neighborhood one day, we discovered a little drainage ditch with some cattails in it. So, we decided to go down one day when my husband was home with Bug….the journey down to the cattails wasn’t one that would be easy for a baby. The grass leading up to it was pretty high and full of thorny plants, and the cattails themselves were sitting in some marshy water.
The ditch area with the cattails
Cattails sitting in marshy water. There were lots of leaves, and about 2-3 dozen brown seed pods.
See how tall the grass is? It was pretty thorny too.
Monkey feeling the cattail. It was remarkably heavy and firm, considering that it's packed with fluff!
Another view of the marshy ditch. The cattails grow with wet roots, and so this is the perfect place for them!
Some of the cattail brown seed pods
Jedi feeling the cattail. He was very surprised by how soft and velvety the outside of it was!
The kids coming back to the street after the first part of the cattail study.
When we got back to the house, we dissected a couple of the seed pods to see what it looked like inside. Notice how densely packed the pod is! Hence why it was so firm!
The seeds are very tightly packed inside each pod...
But once you get them out, they are very fluffy and silky! Jedi guessed that eventually, the cattails release the seeds and they float away in the air because they are so light and fluffy.
A huge bird we saw in our backyard. It is insanely odd looking too. I'm guessing it's a turkey vulture, but I'm not sure. It was HUGE!