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Naturalist Notebook 

October 23, 2011

Who Pooped?

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Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall



This scat may be up to five times longer than it is wide and it may contain undigested insect parts. You can find it in western North America, near lakes or ponds. It is getting less common, however; ICUN Red List reports this species is probably in significant decline due to diseases such as chytridiomycosis.



Who pooped?



Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer in the comments section on Wednesday, October 26th.



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.


Sources:

ICUN Red List at http://www.iucnredlist.org/ (retrieved August 20th, 2011)

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 @ 8:39 am

October 19, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)



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Photo: Nan Sincero © California Academy of Sciences



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints about the animal that this specimen comes from:

  • This animal has a very small range. The furthest it has been known to travel is 10 miles (16.3 km).
  • It is nocturnal.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right. 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 @ 7:00 am

October 16, 2011

Who Pooped?

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Photo: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall



The composition of this scat varies widely. It may contain fur (particularly rabbit), berries, insects and plant matter. You might find it in fields and woods, particularly in riparian habitats.



Who pooped?



Leave a comment below with your guess. We will reveal the answer in the comments section on Wednesday, October 19th.



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 @ 8:42 am

October 12, 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 is generally monogamous.
  • This animal mainly eats rodents, primarily voles.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right. 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 @ 7:00 am

October 10, 2011

Science Story Adventures: Food Chains

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Photo: USDA.

Click here for the Food Chains 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 @ 9:45 am
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