Around the World with Hudson Falls

The Pember Museum presented a couple programs to third graders at the Hudson Falls Primary School in Hudson Falls, NY on Tuesday, May 13th. Animals presented were Moose, Red Fox, Grey Fox, American Alligator, North Chinese Leopard, Red Kangaroo and a live Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot. The children knew some of the facts presented and it was exciting to see their eager faces to learn. Touching and exploring was a big hit too. However, Barnyard the Parrot was an even bigger hit than the touchable specimens. She delighted everyone!

The Pember thanks HFPS for inviting us to their school.

It should be noted that the specimen North Chinese Leopard is on personal loan to Pember Educator Bernadette Hoffman by the owner of Flag Acres Zoo. It was a zoo animal and when it died of old age, the owners wanted to honor it by using the pelt and skull for educational programs. Although the owners of the zoo retired, Bernadette has been granted use of the artifact for her wildlife programs.

 

Weasels & Skunks

May 7th was the discovery program Weasels & Skunks at the Pember Museum. We enjoyed an informative slide presentation focusing on the Mustelidae and Mephitidae Family. I think what was more enjoyable was watching the children explore antique mink garments. Following the slideshow was Pansy, the ferret. Pansy had to reside in a carrier because she kept escaping the pop-up cage I brought in for her. Yes, she could squeeze through 2 inch bars. Well, of course…she’s in the weasel family and those guys are cunning! The children had a great time, as did the adults.