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Naturalist Notebook 

February 22, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen! (Pictured below, really close up!)

Can you guess what it is?

Photo: S. Sumrall

Here are a few hints:

• You can find them in North America, from Canada to Mexico, and in at least 40 US states.

• The average lifespan in the wild is about 10 years.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Naturalist Center on Friday, February 25th at 2:15 PM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 11:56 am


  1. Is it a raccoon?

    Comment by Daniel — March 3, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

  2. No…
    Want to keep guessing?

    Comment by nature — March 4, 2011 @ 10:40 am

  3. Sure! Is it a coyote? Sorry I can’t visit the Academy very often, I live in Southern California!

    Comment by Daniel — March 4, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

  4. a beaver?

    Comment by alexis — March 5, 2011 @ 8:54 am

  5. Great guesses! Neither are right though… think a little bigger …

    We will reveal the answer here in the comments on Friday, March 11 if no one has guessed by then.

    @Daniel we’re sorry you can’t visit more often too, but thanks for visiting us virtually!

    Comment by nature — March 5, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  6. Hmm…Is the specimen part of the canine family? Is it a Gray Wolf?

    Comment by Daniel — March 5, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

  7. Those were all great guesses! It is actually a photograph of the fur of a black bear, taken of our own black bear specimen.

    Comment by nature — March 12, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

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