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Naturalist Notebook 

July 11, 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 lives in drier habitats and gets most of the water it needs from the plants it eats.
  • This animal has strong legs and has been known to kill a predator with its kick.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, July 15th 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 @ 3:10 pm

June 12, 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:

  • The male of this species plays an important role in the care of its young.
  • Although the adults of this species seem large compared to others of its kind, they only weigh about 5 to 6 pounds.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, June 17th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this plant. 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 @ 3:12 pm

June 6, 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 is found in tropical oceans around the world.
  • It feeds mainly on sea urchins, molluscs and hermit crabs.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, June 10th 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 @ 1:54 pm

May 22, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Photo: Dr. Robert T. and Margaret Orr © California Academy of Sciences


Can you guess what it is?


Here are some hints:

  • This plant can take in water through its leaves. This helps it survive in its habitat that has plenty of fog, but not much rain.
  • Beetles, sunbirds and sugarbirds are the main pollinators of this plant.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, May 27th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this plant. 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 @ 8:30 am

May 15, 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 stretchy ligaments on its jaw that allow it to open wide enough to swallow prey whole.
  • This animal is a powerful swimmer.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, May 20th 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 @ 8:30 am
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