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Naturalist Notebook 

August 21, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)
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Photo: E. Harrington © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal has the most teeth of any terrestrial mammal found in North America.
  • It is an omnivore.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, August 26th 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 @ 3:54 pm

August 9, 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 acute senses of smell and hearing, which helps it hunt its prey.
  • It has powerful jaws, which are four times stronger than human jaws.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, August 12th 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 @ 2:50 pm

August 6, 2012

Beach Watch Training

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Volunteer for a Shoreline Monitoring Project with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary!
The Beach Watch ecosystem monitoring program documents wildlife, oil spills and seasonal changes on Sanctuary beaches from Bodega Head in Sonoma County to Año Nuevo in San Mateo County. During monthly surveys volunteers monitor an assigned beach segment, counting identifying and photo-documenting live and dead birds and marine mammals and human activity along the coast.

Join the 2012 Fall Training Class
The 80-hour training will be held September 22 – November 2 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturday, including classroom and field training. Attendance at all classes is required. To become a Beach Watch volunteer you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Attend all required training
  • Commit to surveying your beach once every four weeks for a minimum of one year


Orientations about the program will be held at the Gulf of the Farallones marine Sanctuary Office located in Crissy Field, San Francisco on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 25, 2012, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 pm


Space is limited so call (415.561.6625 x302) or e-mail (klindquist@farallones.org) to reserve a spot. For more information check out their website.


Filed under: News,Programs — nature @ 9:59 am

August 2, 2012

The Landing of Curiosity on Mars

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Photo: Artist’s concept of Curiosity examining a rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech


Visit the Naturalist Center this Friday through Monday, August 3-6, to celebrate the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity. Play games and test your trivia of Mars and other planets in our solar system. Take a trip to the Red Planet by creating a mixed-media scene of your own Martian colony Friday, 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Catch a rebroadcast of a NASA TV press conference on the landing Monday, 2:00-3:00 pm.


Filed under: Programs — nature @ 11:48 am

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