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Naturalist Notebook 

September 19, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
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Photo: Lovell and Libby Langstroth © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal is fairly sedentary.
  • This animal can help scientists determine if water is polluted based on its behavior.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, September 23rd at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 10:22 am

August 21, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
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Photo: E. Harrington © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal has the most teeth of any terrestrial mammal found in North America.
  • It is an omnivore.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, August 26th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 3:54 pm

August 9, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
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Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal has acute senses of smell and hearing, which helps it hunt its prey.
  • It has powerful jaws, which are four times stronger than human jaws.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, August 12th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 2:50 pm

July 24, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
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Photo: © Friman

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This type of specimen was used in some of the pyramids of Egypt.
  • It is very common and makes up a large part of the continental crust on Earth.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, July 29th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this specimen. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 2:27 pm

July 18, 2012

Spotlight On…

This week we’re doing something a little different. Pictured below are some animal tracks. Can you guess who left them behind?
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Photo: © Hans Hillewaert

Here are some hints:

  • This animal’s front track is usually about 2 in (5.7 cm) long, and its hind track is usually about 3 in (7.9 cm) long.
  • This animal is an omnivore and will eat just about anything.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, July 22th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to do some more animal tracking. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 11:48 am
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