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Naturalist Notebook 

January 18, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero, 2012

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This species will often graze on vegetation in grasslands and sometimes in agricultural fields.
  • Although populations of this species declined in the 1980s, they have recovered, and, today, it is a fairly common species throughout North America.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, January 22th 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 @ 1:45 pm

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  1. This week’s specimen is the wing of an American wigeon (Anas americana). To learn more about American wigeons, check out the following websites:

    Comment by nature — January 22, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

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