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Naturalist Notebook 

December 13, 2011

Spotlight On…

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

12-6-11c
Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences.


Can you guess what it is? Here are some hints:

  • This animal helps control rodent and grasshopper populations, which can be harmful to agricultural crops.
  • It is nocturnal.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Dec. 18 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 @ 12:19 pm

1 Comment »

  1. This week’s specimen was a Western spotted skunk (Spilogale gracilis). To learn more about spotted skunks, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — December 18, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

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