Animals

School’s Out

School’s Out

We are taking the next few weeks off to get ready for Camp E&E to start on June 4th. We sincerely apologize for our intermittent posts over the last month or so. Things have been a bit hectic and we are hoping life slows down as summer rolls in and after our much need vacation in the Pacific Northwest!

Get your camping gear ready and your Mud SPF 50 packed so we can enjoy an wonderful summer together at Camp E&E!

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Black & White Bird

Black & White Bird

As we were exploring the cliffs and coasts to meet puffins, we met another neat sea bird- the razorbill! These neat looking birds look even more formal than penguins!

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Razorbill Fun Facts:

  • They grow up to 8 1/2 inches long and weigh up to 30 oz.
  • These carnivores eat fish and crustaceans.
  • These sea birds spend most of their life at sea. They spend time on cliffs and coastlines to breed in the spring.
  • Male and females mate for life. They come together to incubate the egg.
  • The oldest living razorbill lived to 41 years.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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These gorgeous birds are so cool! They have the neatest little white lines on their beaks. They are quiet fun to watch dive for food.

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Puffins!!

Puffins!

We headed to the coast line to meet one of the most iconic birds of Norway’s coastline- the Atlantic Puffin! These adorable birds are so much fun to watch. We wish one would come live with us the University.

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Atlantic Puffin Fun Facts:

  • These little handsome birds grow up to 10 inches long and can weigh up to 17 oz.
  • They are nicknamed the “sea parrot”.
  • These carnivores eat fish.
  • Their brightly colored beaks are duller in color during the winter. They bright colors are brightest during breeding season.
  • These sea birds spend most of their life at sea. They can swim under water using a flying motion. They can even dive up to 200 feet deep.
  • In the air, they can fly up to 55 mph.
  • Both parents incubate the egg and then feed the chick.
  • They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

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These amazing birds form large breeding colonies. They breed in the same place every year. Scientists are not sure how the birds navigate back to the same place yet.

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Large Lynx

Large Lynx

We met a neat cat today here in Norway! There are lynx in America, but the ones that call Europe home are the biggest members of the lynx family. Come learn more about them with us.

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Eurasian Lynx Fun Facts:

  • These cats can grow up to 51 inches long and weigh up to 66 pounds.
  • These carnivores eat mammals, including small mammals and larger prey like reindeer.
  • Their back legs are slight longer than the front ones.
  • They are crepuscular- active at dusk and dawn.
  • Males occupy a large territory. There are several females living within that territory. That are usually solitary.
  • They have dense fur to keep them warm in the winter months. Longer fur grows on their paws to help them walk in snow.
  • Eurasian lynx are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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These cats are quiet the predators. They can take down prey much bigger themselves. We love their ear tufts and big paws!

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We’re in Norway

We’re in Norway

If you guessed Norway for our next adventure- you were right!! Come learn more about this amazing place with us today!

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Norway Fun Facts: 

  • The deepest lake in Europe is in Norway- lake Hornindalsvatnet.
  • Norway has the longest coastline in Europe.
  • Norway is home to the largest glacier in Europe.
  • Norway is the largest exported of salmon.
  • Norway is home to many fjords. Fjords are deep inlets of seas between cliffs.
  • The Sami are the indigenous people of Norway. They have lived their for 10,000 years. They are most known for their reindeer herding.

We are so excited to meet some animals that call Norway home! We hope you are too!

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Where Will the Next E&E Adventure Be?

Where Will the Next E&E Adventure Be?

We are heading out on last adventure for the year! Are you ready to learn in May? Then we’ll be heading out to Camp E&E for the summer! Woohoo!

We are heading to Europe and a land near the Arctic Circle.

Is it the home of the largest deep water coral reef.

There are over 15,000 miles of coastline. 

It is a land of polar bears, salmon and large glaciers.

You can’t miss the fjords. 

Can you guess where our next adventure be? 

 

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We Spots a Spotted Owl

We Spots a Spotted Owl

When people think of Africa, people think of all the big animals, but rarely do they think of owls! Well, Africa is home to many species of owls. We went looking for the Spotted Eagle and we found one! Come learn more about them with us!

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Spotted Eagle-Owl Fun Facts:

  • Spotted eagle-owls have a 3 foot wing span!
  • They have large ear tufts and bright yellow eyes.
  • Like many owls they are nocturnal.
  • These carnivores eat mammals, birds and amphibians. They are also known to eat carrion.
  • Spotted eagle-owls are known to bond for life.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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Seeing an owl in the wild is always a treat! These owls have a fun musical call. We could listen to them all night.

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Hello Antelope!

Hello Antelope!

Happy Monday and we are so excited for you to meet the animal we spotted this weekend. They have some fantastic antlers! Are you ready to meet the kudu?

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Greater Kudu Fun Facts:

  • Greater Kudu can grow up to 96 inches long and weigh up to 700 pounds.
  • Only the males have those impressive spiral horns.
  • Those horns can grow up to 3 feet long!
  • They have a crest of fur that runs down their back.
  • They live in family groups that consist of females and their offspring. The males are solitary or live in small bachelor groups.
  • These herbivores eat vegetation, fruit and grasses.
  • Greater kudu are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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It was fun to spot some males with their spectacular antlers! Can you imagine having those attached to your head all the time?

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Flamingo!

Flamingo!

We are off to meet a bird who calls this country home- the greater flamingo! These iconic birds are one of our favorites too! Let’s learn more about them together.

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo Fun Facts: 

  • These large birds can grow up to 59 inches tall and weigh up to almost 9 pounds. They are the largest member of the flamingo family.
  • Males are larger than females.
  • Greater flamingos are a soft whitish pink. They do have bright pink and black feathers on the back of their bodies.
  • Young flamingos are grey and turn pink after a few years. That pink coloration is caused by the food they eat.
  • During breeding season they turn brighter pink!
  • These carnivores eat small crustaceans, insects and fish.
  • They are highly social.

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Flamigos always make us smile. Did you know that knobby joint they bend is actually their ankle? Their knees are closer to their bodies! Neat!

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Armored Lizard

Armored Lizard

We decided we haven’t met enough lizards on our trip so far and headed out to meet one with some most interesting scales. This reptile was a definite look don’t touch kind of creature. Get ready to learn more about them.

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Giant Girdled Lizard Fun Facts: 

  • They are also known as the sungazer lizard.
  • Giant girdled lizards grow to about 7 inches long.
  • Though they live in rocky areas, they do dig their own burrows for shelter.
  • They are insectivores.
  • They live in groups.
  • They secret scents to communicate with other sungazers.
  • Giant girdled lizards are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

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We enjoyed spotting this little spiked lizard. It would be a smart predator to stay away from those scales.

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