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Naturalist Notebook 

May 8, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • Breeding pairs of this species stay together all year round and migrate south with their offspring.
  • They are found in wetlands and agricultural fields.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, May 13th 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.


  1. Comment by nature — May 13, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

  2. This week’s specimen is a Sandhill crane. It is a tall gray bird of open grasslands, meadows, and wetlands. It congregates in huge numbers in migration. For more information and to see photos of Sandhill cranes click here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sandhill_Crane/id and here: http://www.arkive.org/sandhill-crane/grus-canadensis/

    Comment by nature — May 13, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

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