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This deserves a special post:

International Rock Flipping Day is coming up in a few weeks. September 11, 2011 to be exact.

What is International Rock Flipping Day? It is a blog carnival to celebrate all those critters that live under rocks, as well as the naturalist spirit that drives you to look a little deeper.

How do you participate?

Basically you go outside and look under a rock or two. Record what you see by drawing, painting, taking photographs or recording in your nature journal. (If you live where there might be poisonous creatures under there, like scorpions or snakes, you might want to use gloves and/or a bar to flip the rocks.)

When you are done, carefully return the rock to its original position.

Then blog about what you found. out.

I will have more information about more information about where to send your posts as the date approaches. I believe Wanderin' Weeta will be hosting.

Edit:  Yes, Wanderin' Weeta is hosting and you can get the full scoop now.

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Because we were eager to participate in International Rock Flipping Day, we peeked under some rocks in our yard this morning.

Flipping rocks was somewhat disappointing at first. It has been the third driest summer on record in central Arizona, and because the summer is when we normally get most of our precipitation, we are really dry. The terms dry as a bone, parched, and desiccated come to mind.  Most of the rocks we looked under would normally have isopods (rolypolies), ants or earwigs, but we didn't see any of those. Occasionally we might see a scorpion. We didn't see any of those either.

What we did find was this:

Any ideas what might cause these white tunnels? I'll give you a hint:  it isn't a type of spider, although it is made of silk.

In fact, the tunnels are made by an insect. Here are some photos I took of one earlier this summer.

Does anyone remember what it was?

(If you want to find out the answer, check this previous post.)

All in all, we saw something we wouldn't have otherwise seen, and realized how much the lack of rain is changing the environment for even tiny things that live under rocks. And best of all, we got outside and had some fun.

What did you find?

I'm a bit late with this one, but Sunday September 20 is International Rock Flipping Day. Visit Wanderin' Weeta blog for full details.

Basically you go outside and look under a rock or two. Record what you see by drawing, painting, taking photographs or recording in your nature journal. If you live where there might be poisonous creatures under there, like scorpions or snakes, use gloves and/or a bar to flip the rocks.

When you are done, carefully return the rock to its original position.

If you blog about it, let them know.

Now wasn't that fun?