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Bats September 21, 2016

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This week in Science Club we will start talking the species in the order Chiroptera…bats! These often misunderstood animals are interesting, diverse, and very important to the environment. About 65% of bat species worldwide are insectivores (insect-eating), 25% eat mostly fruit, with the remaining 10% of species eating nectar (pollinating bats), meat, fish, and blood. There are over 1200 bat species around the world, and they are usually broken up into two groups: megabats (also known as flying foxes or fruit bats) and microbats (these species use echolocation and are highly specialized). We will talk about how bats navigate, their adaptations, and their role in the ecosystem.

Ornithology II-Raptors and Ground-nesting Birds September 14, 2016

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This week we will continue talking about birds with raptors and ground-nesting birds. Raptors include hawks, eagles, owls, kestrels, and sometimes vultures are considered part of this group. Ground-nesting birds include turkey, quail, dove, grouse, prairie chickens, pheasants, and related species. Many of these species are familiar to us, you have probably seen a hawk circling overhead or a turkey along the roadside before. Raptors are excellent hunters with keen senses of sight and smell. They have talons and capture and eat live prey (with the exception of vultures). Ground-nesting birds are species that spend much of their time on the ground. Many are heavy-bodied and do not take flight unless they are avoiding a threat, though some may roost in trees.

Ornithology: Songbirds and Waterfowl September 7, 2016

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This week in Science Club we will start talking about birds!  We are all pretty familiar with birds, they have feathers, a beak, and most of them fly. We will be talking about birds for two meetings and this week we will be focusing on two groups of birds, songbirds and waterfowl. Passerines, also called songbirds, are small perching birds identified by their complex and often beautiful calls. Waterfowl include many species that are familiar to us like ducks, geese, and swans. We will talk about how birds adapt and migrate to survive in their environments. We hope to see you all there as we start discussing our feathered friends!

Entomology and Forensic Entomology August 31, 2016

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Our first field trip was such a great success! Thank you all for your excellent behavior and great questions. This week in Science Club we will continue talking about insects, including how they can help us solve crimes (forensic entomology). We learned some really amazing things at the entomology museum, what was your favorite thing you learned? Did you know we did not even see the world’s heaviest insect? The heaviest insect is the giant weta, a species in the grasshopper order can weigh up to 2.5 ounces (that’s about the same weight as 12 quarters). What’s another record-breaking insect?

ENTOMOLOGY FIELD TRIP August 24, 2016

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This week we will have our first field trip for Science Club! We will be visiting the Entomology Museum at Mississippi State University and learning about insects and other invertebrates. Here are some things to think about: what is an invertebrate? What makes insects unique from other kinds of invertebrates? What are some other kinds of invertebrates? Why are invertebrates important? And how many species of invertebrates are there? We will talk about all of these things on Tuesday!