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Wildlife Devotion

Posts by Laurie Wagner

Wildlife Devotion

There are a few animal species that display behaviors that look similar to what humans might call love.   3-5% of mammals could be considered monogamous, possibly because multiple parents are needed to ensure the survival of offspring. Owl monkeys take a year to get acquainted before mating, then exhibit behavior that researchers think may illustrate a type of…

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Wildlife in Winter

PBS Nature Video

Have you ever wondered what animals in the wild do to cope with the cold of winter? Some bears go into torpor to lower their temperature and heart  rate, saving energy until food is more plentiful in spring.  Some bird species migrate to find food.  Many animals get warm winter coats and some even change the color of their fur…

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Animal Defenses

Have you ever felt scared? What did you do? Did your body react? When we feel scared our bodies naturally respond to whatever it is that makes us afraid. For example, if we hear a loud sound we might hold still or feel our heart beat faster. We have natural defense mechanisms to help us…

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Won’t you join us? Earth Day Celebration 2013

Animal keeper with bird

CuriOdyssey’s Earth Day celebration is something that staff and volunteers look forward to each year. It’s a set-aside day that we pay homage to this amazing planet. It’s also a great time to investigate the science behind what makes this world such an incredible place. This is the sixth year we’ve held our Earth Day…

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Summer of Science Activity Series: Leaf Skeleton

Leaves

Welcome to our last project in the Summer of Science activity series! This project will teach you how to remove leaf tissue to see a beautiful “skeleton” of veins. This project can be done with a variety of fresh leaves in any season. Grade level: all grades. However, parental supervision is required due to the…

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Summer of Science Activity Series: Thaumatropes!

Thumatropes

Welcome to the second installment of our Summer of Science activity series! We’re issuing a challenge to make your family’s summer the best one yet – by making it a Summer of Science. To help make it a science-filled summer, we’ll post a new science activity on our blog weekly, from now until August 6.…

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Summer of Science Activity Series: Sound on a String

Sound string experiment

Welcome to the first installment of our Summer of Science activity series! We’re issuing a challenge to make your family’s summer the best one yet – by making it a Summer of Science. To help make it a science-filled summer, we’ll post a new science activity on our blog weekly, from June 11 to August…

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A Closer Look at Enrichment: Sight

Bobcat

An animal’s sense of sight can be very important when it comes to survival, but it can also play an important role when it comes to the quality of its life. For most animals, sight is a valuable tool to help them to find food, locate shelter and communicate with other animals. Sight also allows…

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Make it a Summer of Science!

Kids playing with bubbles

Photo: Graham Paterson Summer is a time for playing in the park, exploring the outdoors, learning new things at camp, and spending time with friends. It’s one of our favorite times of year, of course! This summer, we’re challenging you to make your family’s summer the best one yet – by making it a Summer…

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A Closer Look at Enrichment: Touch

Bobcat

Welcome to the third installment of CuriOdyssey’s “A Closer Look at Enrichment” series, that describes how our keepers think about an animal’s sense of “touch” when making enrichment. Animals use their sense of touch everyday as they explore their environment, search for food, and find shelter. Different textures also appeal to different animals. Snakes that…

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