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Naturalist Notebook 

May 8, 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:

  • Breeding pairs of this species stay together all year round and migrate south with their offspring.
  • They are found in wetlands and agricultural fields.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, May 13th 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.


May 1, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)


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Photo: George W. Robinson © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal is active at night.
  • This animal can be found in scrubby and woody habitats, as well as suburban areas.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, May 6th 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 @ 1:59 pm

April 11, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)


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Photo: John H. Tashjian © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal prefers habitats near marshes, ponds or sloughs and will often escape into the water if it feels threatened.
  • This animal is endemic to California.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, April 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: News,Spotlight On...,Theme of the Month — nature @ 2:17 pm

March 20, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • When mature, this plant is usually between 3.7-7.6 m (12-25 ft) tall.
  • This plant is pollinated by midges.


Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, March 25th 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 @ 3:18 pm

March 13, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Photo: George W. Robinson © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?


Here are some hints:

  • This animal is common throughout North America.
  • Many of the young of this species don’t survive their first year. Of those that do, they generally live 5 or 6 years.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, March 18th 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 @ 3:33 pm
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