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Arctic Wildlife December 6, 2017

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This semester has just flown by, and this coming Tuesday is our last regular meeting until January! We will be focusing on species of animals that are adapted to extremely cold environments, specifically those found in the Arctic! Many of these animals are mammals, whose thick fur and fat layers protect them from the elements. We learned this past week that a polar bear’s skin is black, but did you know that its hairs actually aren’t white?? Their hair is actually clear and hollow, which helps absorb heat, and like a butterfly’s scales they casts light that makes the fur appear whitish. Think about (or research) the following question for this week:

Which of the following animals can be found in the Arctic?

A. Polar Bears

B. Penguins

C. Both

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Mammalogy November 29, 2017

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We have talked about many groups of exciting animals so far this year, but none is more familiar than our mammalian cousins! Here are some things all mammals have in common: fur or hair on their bodies, they are endothermic (“warm-blooded”), feed their babies milk, and almost all give live birth! There are a handful of exceptions, like the well-known platypus, that lay eggs but they still feed their babies milk. They range in size from the 2 ounce Etruscan shrew to the blue whale at 200 tons. They are found in a wide range of habitats and climates, and are some of the best adapted to regions of extreme cold. Come join us this week as we learn more about marvelous mammals!

Archaeology and Paleontology November 20, 2017

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Next week after Thanksgiving break we will be talking about two very different sciences: archaeology and paleontology. Both are the study of past life and use clues and the scientific method to make conclusions about what things were like a long time ago. Archaeology is the study of past human civilizations and uses recovery and analysis of artifacts to learn about those cultures. Paleontology is the study of past animal and plant life and uses mostly fossils to learn about ancient species. Come on and dig into these awesome branches of science next week!

THANKSGIVING FUN DAY!!!! November 15, 2017

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This coming Tuesday is our Thanksgiving Fun Day! Today is the last day to sign-up, so if you haven’t already PLEASE respond whether you’re attending or not through the link that was sent. We will playing outside, so wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. If you plan on swimming in the afternoon, pack a swimsuit and towel! Come join us for an adventurous day of fun before Thanksgiving on Thursday!

Geology November 8, 2017

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What is the most common solid material on Earth? Rock! Rocks and the minerals that make them up come in a wonderful variety of colors, textures, weights, and characteristics. We use minerals in our everyday lives: utensils, aluminum foil, talcum powder, jewelry, and so much more. Geologists, the scientists who study rocks, classify rock into three major groups based on how they form. Geologists also study the processes that occur within the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Come on and dig in┬áto this exciting subject this Tuesday!