mammals

Fairies!

Fairies!

We are meeting one last animal from our coloring book today- the Pink Fairy Armadillo. These crazy looking animals are fascinating and we can’t wait to learn more about them with you!

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Pink Fairy Armadillo Fun Facts:

  • They are also known as the pichiciego.
  • These little animals are about 4 1/2 inches long.
  • Their pink shells are only attached by a thin membrane.
  • They call sandy plains their home.
  • Pink fairy armadillos have long digging claws on their front claws. They can bury themselves in the sand in a matter of minutes.
  • These omnivores eat insects and plant materials.
  • They are nocturnal and solitary.
  • Pink fairy armadillos spend most of their time underground. They make a swimming motion in the sand with their long front claws.

 

These alien looking little armadillos are so cool. We had never heard of them until recently. They call Argentina home.

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Heading to the Moon?

Heading to the Moon?

Did we get you? We are not heading to the moon, but we are meeting animal named the moonrat today. Let’s learn more about this animal with the funny name.

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Moonrat Fun Facts: 

  • Moonrats are not rodents, but actually relatives of the hedgehog. 
  • These insectivores are found in Southeast Asia and spend their nights foraging for food.
  • They have mostly white faces and grey bodies, but some individuals are all white.
  • They can grow to be up to 16 inches long. 
  • Fossils similar to the moonrat were found to be 16 million years old.
  • Moonrats produce a strong ammonia scent when threatened and when marking their territory.
  • They are solitary and highly territorial.
  • Moonrats are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
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That’s a Big Nose

They That’s a Big Nose

We are excited to get back to regular posts today- for the next two weeks we’re featuring animals from the coloring book and then October will be all about those animals that people fear most!

Today we are meeting the Saiga antelope in depth. These crazy looking antelope have one big nose! Let’s learn more about them.

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Saiga Antelope Fun Facts: 

  • They live in Asia, in Russia in grasslands and semideserts.
  • Their of fossils of saiga found from the pleistocene era.
  • That big nose helps keep out dust out.
  • Those noses can also heat and cool blood during the winter and summer.
  • Only the males have the ringed horns.
  • These critically endangered antelope live in large herds that migrate.
  • These critically endangered animals are losing habitat and they are poached for their horns.

 

Have you ever seen such a strange looking nose on an antelope? We sure haven’t and we know scientists and conservationists are working to protect this species for future generations to see.

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Camp E&E Info

Camp E&E Info

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Hello! We are so excited to have everyone join us this summer! We’re going to spend most of our time at Camp E&E by the sea this summer! First we want to go over some rules for all campers:

  • Be courteous & kind to all your fellow campers and animals.
  • Bring your reusable water and coffee mugs with you.
  • Leave all habitats the way you found them. Pick up all trash.
  • When packing for picnics, bring your reusable napkins, utensils and sandwich bags.
  • When visiting the beach at night, no pictures or lights are allowed. You must only use a red flashlight to not distract nesting sea turtles.
  • Campers may collect shells as long as they are empty.
  • Please do not feed wild animals.
  • Enjoy all activities and have fun!

 

We are so excited to meet our animal friends next week along with sharing stories, making s’mores by the campfire and making new friends! What are you most excited about?

 

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CAMP E&E IS BACK

 

CAMP E&E

 

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Hello and welcome to Camp E&E this summer! We are so excited to head to the beach for our first part of camp! We’ll meet so many cool animals, talk about ways to keep the beach clean and tell great tales! We have missed all of our readers and friends- so we are especially excited for this years camp! 

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So campers- it’s time to pack your bags and get your cabin assignment. Camp E&E is kicking off summer!

Packing list:
Sheets
Flashlight
Bug spray
Hiking shoes
Water shoes
Swimsuits or trunks
Mud SPF 50 sunscreen
Your favorite stuffed animal to sleep with
Sleeping bag
Refillable water bottles
Swim goggles
Binoculars
Nature journal

 

 

 

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Hi Marten

Hi Marten

We are meeting a really cute little woodland mammal today and we hope you are excited to meet them too. Meet the European Pine Marten!

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Here Kitty Kitty

 

Here Kitty Kitty

We are meeting a very shy and elusive inhabitant of the woodlands today- the bobcat! Most often you might only find tracks and not the animal! Let’s learn more about them today!

 

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Oh Deer!

Oh Deer!

Are you ready to meet one of the largest members of the deer family? If you live in Europe you may already have! These woodland creatures are quiet large and sport some great headgear!

Meet the Red Deer!

 

 

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Goodbye Lake Salamander

Goodbye Lake Salamander

Time to pack up, it’s the last day of camp! We are off next week. Beach Camp E&E starts on July 9th! As we back up our trunks, we are a little sad to say goodbye to this special place. Come sit down with us and sing the camp song with us one more time. We are excited to see you at the beach.

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On the shores of Lake Salamander, among the old live oak…

We enjoy Camp Ellie and Edmond and the frogs that croak.

We salute you Camp E & E and all your animal friends…

All our days are each a gem.

While we sit next to the campfire, telling stories of old…

We laugh and sing and watch the stars of gold.

We love you Camp E &E and all our memories of our days…

We hold Camp E & E close to our hearts and we’ll never stray!

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Meet Penny

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Hi campers! We are meeting one of our favorite residents of the woods here at Lake Salamander, Penny the Porcupine! She hangs out with us around the campfire at night! She’s great at roasting load of marshmallows at once.

 

Hi Penny! We are so glad you have joined us at camp this year! Can you tell all the campers a little bit about yourself!

I’m happy to tell you all about porcupines!

  • We porcupines are rodents! That’s right, I’m related to squirrels and mice.
  • My back is covered in quills. I can not throw my quills, but if a predator like a wolf tries to attack me- I can release my quills.
  • I have around 30,000 quills!
  • My quills are made of keratin, the protein that make up human nails & hair.
  • I am a good climber and a good swimmer.
  • I like to eat a variety of plants, bark, berries and roots.
  • When I was a baby, I was called a porcupette! When we are born our quills are soft. They grow harder in just a few days.

Wow! You porcupines sure are neat! We just love your quills, especially that they are good for roasting marshmallows- hehehe! Thanks for coming!

 

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