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Naturalist Notebook 

August 19, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Winter Solstice

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Photo:Lairich Rig, 1996.

Click here for the Winter Solstice online handout.

Each week in the Naturalist Center, we take elementary school-aged children on Science Story Adventures. We look at a different theme connected with the natural world and the exhibits in the Academy, and explore it through stories, activities and crafts.

Now you can continue your adventure at home with this online handout. It includes the planned learning outcomes of the Science Story Adventure, which are usually drawn from the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. Can’t remember the title of the books we read or how to do that craft? It’s on the sheet. We’ve also included a list of resources – books, DVDs or websites – for further exploration.


Filed under: Science Story Adventures Handouts — nature @ 8:26 am

August 16, 2011

Spotlight On…



Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Photo: N. Sincero 2011



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This animal has a tactile sense 10 times as sensitive as a human’s.
  • This animal can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, August 19th at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 9:36 am

August 14, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Animal Homes

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Photo: Beaver (Castor canadensis) lodge. Sherry Ballard © California Academy of Sciences.

Click here for the Animal Homes online handout.

Each week in the Naturalist Center, we take elementary school-aged children on Science Story Adventures. We look at a different theme connected with the natural world and the exhibits in the Academy, and explore it through stories, activities and crafts.

Now you can continue your adventure at home with this online handout. It includes the planned learning outcomes of the Science Story Adventure, which are usually drawn from the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools. Can’t remember the title of the books we read or how to do that craft? It’s on the sheet. We’ve also included a list of resources – books, DVDs or websites – for further exploration.


Filed under: Science Story Adventures Handouts — nature @ 10:41 am

August 12, 2011

Who Pooped?

Use this one
Replica Scat Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall



This scat may be buried or have dirt scraped over it. It is generally firm with a few constrictions, but can be looser and drier depending on how dried out the scat-maker’s meal is. This scat can be found in western North America, Florida and South America.



Who pooped?



Leave a comment below with your guess. If no one gets it right, we will reveal the answer in one week.



If you have your own natural history mystery (an unidentified animal, plant or other specimen), send a photo or two to naturalist@calacademy.org. We’ll do our best to help out. Please include location, date and any other details that seem pertinent.



Source:
Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast, Including British Columbia: A Field Guide to the Signs of 70 Wildlife Species / James C. Halfpenny ; illustrated by Todd Telander. Helena, Mont. : Falcon, c1999. Naturalist Center Reference QL768 .H36 1999


Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 9:46 am

August 9, 2011

What’s Your Favorite Snake or Lizard?

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Visiting the Academy today?

Stop by our Naturalist Center on Level 3 and tell us what your favorite species of snake or lizard is and get a free temporary tattoo kit:

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Love snakes & lizards? Love your muscles? Love snakes & lizards on your muscles.

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Filed under: News — nature @ 8:47 am
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