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Naturalist Notebook 

August 9, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)



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Photo: H. Vannoy Davis © California Academy of Sciences



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This species has been reported in the western and midwestern United States, as well as southern Canada.
  • This animal has a thick coat of hairs.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, August 12th at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 8:32 am

August 8, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Women Scientists & Naturalists

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Photo: Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmentalist. Demosh, 2006.

Click here for the Women Scientists & Naturalists 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 @ 3:35 pm

August 7, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Whales

humpback_whale
Photo: Humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) Gerald & Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences.

Click here for the Whales 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 @ 10:35 am

August 5, 2011

Who Pooped?

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



This scat may be found in Africa, as its maker is native to regions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. It mostly contains remnants of plant materials, but also may have undigested bits of invertebrates. It is not very likely that you will see this scat because the animal that made it is endangered.



Who pooped?



Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer on Tuesday, August 9th in the comments section.



This month we have a special display on Africa which includes books and specimens, including the one featured above. Don’t worry, it is safely enclosed in a display box. Come visit us in The Naturalist Center on the third floor here at the California Academy of Sciences if you’d like to see it in person.



Source:
Animal Diversity Web, by the University of Michigan, 1995-2008. Retrieved from http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html


Filed under: Who Pooped — nature @ 9:54 am

August 2, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)



Or use this one
Photo: N. Sincero 2011



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This animal has a hard skin, which helps prevent water loss.
  • This animal has hundreds of feet!



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, August 5th at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 10:00 am
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