Anya's an avid bug collector (catch-and-release, mostly), so she availed herself of the sweep net during her visit last weekend. She even rescued a grasshopper from the swimming pool.
Her mom and little brother look on.
Tristan wanted a turn, too.
Checking out the captive.
She caught several kinds of grasshoppers, identifying each one with the help of our insect field guide. Kids really are natural scientists.
We also happened to trap a raccoon, which delighted the kids. Even their mom went along for its release in an undisclosed location. Unfortunately, our trap got a workout this summer: seven groundhogs, two raccoons, and a possum. The raccoons destroyed our corn, and as usual, the groundhogs got our broccoli.
You just can't beat an outdoor laboratory.