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Naturalist Notebook 

June 12, 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:

  • The male of this species plays an important role in the care of its young.
  • Although the adults of this species seem large compared to others of its kind, they only weigh about 5 to 6 pounds.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, June 17th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this plant. 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 @ 3:12 pm

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  1. From the Naturalist Center, here is the answer: GREAT BLUE HERON (Ardea herodias)
    Learn more here: http://www.calacademy.org/sciencetoday/nesting-in-the-city/ and here, where there is a great blue heron nest cam: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=2433

    Comment by nature — June 17, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

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