Homeless Critters

If you chose not to come to our After School Discoveries program yesterday on Animal Adaptation because you thought it would be boring, well, I have news for you… it was not! There was a 20 minute discussion on animals and how they adapt to their environment. We got to see the comb-like teeth on a duck’s bill. We were able to touch skunk, beaver, raccoon and woodchuck pelts. There was a museum search followed by mystery critters. With the help of Library Director, Ardyce Bresett and her cricut machine, I created some really cute critters. The object – select an envelope with a 51/2 inch critter tucked inside and then create an environment for your critter once it was revealed. Margaret Mouse found a home but now I have all these homeless critters. Perhaps I will do this craft project further on down the line with one of our other discovery programs. In the meantime, here are some worksheets I covered in the discussion and program photos.

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Animal Adaptations

Animal Adaptations – After School Discovery program on Wednesday, January 29 begins at 4:00pm. This free program is open to children of all ages. There will be an enlightening discussion on how animals are suited to their surroundings like what birds are suited for swimming or what animal has special pockets for carrying food? Do you know which animals are good at digging? Following the discussion will be a fun museum search. Sounds boring? Guess again! At the end each child will receive a mystery “Create a Critter”. What does that mean? In a bag will be a critter that each child will glue together and take home. The fun part is not knowing which critter is in the bag! Here are some samples:

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Snow Walk

The Snowshoe Hike yesterday, January 19th was nice. Although a bit breezy, we did have plenty of snow to shoe through. The group was small totaling seven. Two adults had just finished the trails when we arrived at noon. We donned our snowshoes and off we went in search of animal tracks. Those that we saw had been recently dusted with snow but we could still tell they were deer, rabbit and opossum. The South Loop Trail has a stream running across it, so we either had to jump or tread into it.  The water was ankle deep but most of us had on snow boots. However, it did create ice balls on the bottom of my snowshoes! My stride was a bit short of clearing the water! The most exciting moment was coming across “snow fleas” on the beaver dam trail. Yes, they do exist. There were many jumping about on top of the snow. I did manage to get a few photos. Research shows them being a species of the dark blue springtail, Hypogastrura nivicola. Springtails are microscopic animals classified as a hexapod, not an insect. Yes, confusing. Our youngest attendee began getting cold and we headed back to the schoolhouse. We all had a great time!

Our next outdoor event at the Hebron Nature Preserve will be the Owl Prowl at the South Grimes Hill Road entrance on February 16 at 6:00pm. Weather permitting.

Hike On!

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The Snowshoe Hike scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 19 is still on! 12:00 – 2:00

However, should the roads be sloppy from predicted snow showers, please stay home.  We want everyone to be safe. Not sure if there will be any tracks for viewing as the little snow we got has melted but we will venture on anyways.

Meet at the Porter Schoolhouse on Route 22. Bring water. Snowshoes are optional.

The Bear Facts

Wednesday, January 15th was the start of our After School Discoveries and it was spectacular with 11 children and 5 adults attending the program on Bears! We began with a slide presentation on Bears of the World. Did you know that the Koala Bear is not a bear? Well, you do now! During the slideshow when a measurement was given of a bear species, the children could look at the tape on the floor to actually see how long a bear actually was! After the slideshow, we followed bear footprints to the Polar Bear and Brown Bear. Children were able to feel the pelts of an American Black Bear and Brown Bear. Each were able to color and create their own paper bear and take home a bear footprint. What fun! We didn’t get too many photos because of the activities, but here’s a few. Keep in mind that the next After School Discoveries will be January 29 at 4:00pm on Animal Adaptations.

Bear in Mind

Reminder: The Pember Museum will host an after school discovery program on Bears this Wednesday, January 15 beginning at 4:00pm until 4:45pm. A slideshow will be presented along with animal specimens for the touching. Following the program there will be a craft activity. Come walk in the footprints of the polar bear and learn about other bears of the world. This free program is open to children of all ages. Don’t be late!
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