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Forest Products October 18, 2017

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After talking about forest ecosystems last week, we will talk this coming week about products that come from the forest that humans use. From houses, food, and medicine to specific tree products like rubber and cork, you’ll be surprised by the things that you use everyday that have wood in them. These products also come from everywhere, all over the world and in our backyards. We hope to see you this week as we have our first lesson on how humans use environmental resources!

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Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR FIELD TRIP – Grassland and Forest Ecology October 11, 2017

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This week we will have our annual field trip out to the refuge! We will talk about forest and grassland ecosystems as we explore both. An ecosystem is a defined area with all of its living and non-living parts that interact together. The refuge is home to a variety of wildlife from tiny insects to bobcats, coyotes, and alligators. We hope you will be able to join us this week for exciting activities and games.

Nocturnal Animals October 4, 2017

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This week we are talking about the things that go bump, and crawl, and live at night! We will talk about why animals are nocturnal, adaptations for nocturnal life, and mention many really cool species that are out and about after the sun goes down. Animals that are mostly active at night are called nocturnal, animals that are mostly active during the day are called diurnal, and animals that are mostly active during the morning and evening are called crepuscular. As a species, humans are naturally diurnal, though we are more able to adjust to whatever hours of the day we need to. Some of us prefer being active later in the day. What about you? Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Bats September 28, 2017

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This week in Science Club we will be talking about some marvelous flying animals, but not birds! We will spend an entire afternoon talking about the only true flying mammals (flying squirrels only glide, they don’t truly fly): bats! Bats are categorized into two major groups: megabats (sometimes called flying foxes) and microbats. Most megabats eat fruit and nectar, are mostly active during the day, and do not have the ability to use echolocation. Microbats are mostly smaller, many eat insects and use echolocation to find their food, and they are active mostly at night. They range in size from the Kitti’s hog-nosed bat (5.9 inch wingspan and weighs 2 ounces) to the crowned flying fox (5.6 feet wingspan and up to 3.5 lbs)! Unique and very important to the environment, come learn all about bats this Tuesday!

Ornithology II – Raptors and Ground-Nesting Birds September 25, 2017

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This week we will continue talking about more bird species! This week our focus will be on raptors (birds of prey such as hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures) and ground-nesting birds. We will also talk about the odd species of birds that are flightless including penguins, ostrich, emus, kiwis, and the kakapo! We will learn more about how birds are adapted for their environments and needs, and why some birds species are especially important to people. See you tomorrow!