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When You Put a Fish in a Box

When You Put a Fish in a Box

Hehehehe! We’re just kidding- we’re not putting fish in boxes today, but we are going snorkeling and meeting the boxfish! You campers may remember meeting Barry the Boxfish on World’s Oceans Day. Today we’re going to learn more about them.

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Boxfish Fun Facts: 

  • Boxfish can grow up to 18 inches.
  • These little omnivores eat algae, worms and crustaceans.
  • Boxfish are bright yellow as juvinelles. They get darker as they get older.
  • That bright coloration is called warning coloration. It serves as a warning to predators that it is toxic.
  • Boxfish excreate poison when threatened.
  • They are solitary.

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We love these cube shaped fish. A car company even thought their funny shape would make for a good car design. We wonder if they added the fins?

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Knot Bird

Knot Bird

We are so happy to finish our first week at Camp E&E at the Beach with more fun bird species! These little funny shore birds have an even funnier name- the red knot!

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Red Knot Fun Facts: 

  • These gorgeous little birds have one of the longest migration routes on any bird. They travel from places like Alaska to Southern America.
  • They are carnivores. They eat larva and Arthropoda.
  • They grow up to 10 inches long.
  • Red knots can double their weight before they migrate.
  • One cool fact is like most migrating birds, they reduce the size of their digestive organs before they migrate.
  • They are listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN.

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We love these little birds. How cool is that they migrate soooooo far! That trip must be exhausting- hehehe!

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Pelican Pelican!

Pelican Pelican!

While bird watching on the beach, we spotted some pelicans. This large billed birds were not the brown pelicans we are use to seeing, but the American White Pelican. They were so fun to watch and we couldn’t wait to learn more about them.

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American White Pelican Fun Facts:

  • White pelicans live near marshes and lakes.
  • These large birds can grow up to 70 inches long and weigh up to 14 lbs. Those famous bills can be 15 inches long.
  • Their wingspan is only 2nd to the California Condor.  Those wings can be 120 long when in flight! That is longer than a queen sized mattress, which measures 80 inches!
  • Males are larger than females.
  • These carnivores eat not only fish, but also bottom dwellers like salamanders and crayfish.
  • They are usually found in large flocks.
  • White pelicans do not dive for their food, but instead scoop it out of the water and drain the water out of their bills.
  • These big birds eat around 4 lbs of food a day!

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We love pelicans! They are so funny and kind of derpy, but graceful too! It was fun to watch some swimming and catching their food that way instead of diving.

 

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Curlew!

Curlew!

We are meeting our first resident of Camp EE at the beach- the long-billed curlew. One of our favorite pastimes at beach camp is to watch shore birds run around looking for food and running away from the waves.

 

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Long-billed curlew fun facts: 

  • These carnivores use those long bills to grab crustaceans and marine invertebrates.
  • They hunt for prey in groups.
  • They run or walk on the ground often.
  • They are the largest member of the sandpiper family.
  • Males do fancy flights to attract mates. They mate in grasslands and prairies away from the shore.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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We love these birdies with their skinny legs and long funny beaks. We could watch them all day and we might just do that!

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Camp E&E at the Beach

Camp E&E at the Beach

We are so excited to be back at camp after our vacation. We hope everyone had a nice time during the break too. The cabins are ready just off the beach and we are unpacking for 6 more weeks of adventures. There will be crazy fish, searching for shells, sharks, crafts, poems and much more! We hope you are ready!

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Beach rules:

  • Campers can not go on to the beach after dark without counselors.
  • All lights on the beach must have a red filter as to not disturb nesting turtles.
  • Only collect sea shells that are empty.
  • All trash must be taken back to camp.
  • No feeding the seagulls.
  • Have fun exploring and ask loads of questions.

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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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Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon

We have a special post today for you! We made a little video about how the moon affects animal behavior in collaboration with our science partner- Science With My Cat!

Learn some fun animal facts with us and then head on over to their site to find a fun activity about moon phases! YAY for science!

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Otters!

Otters!

We hanging out on the dock today, ready to meet some otters! Come join us campers as we say to some super cute residents of Lake Salamander!

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North American River Otter Fun Facts: 

  • These members of the weasel family can grow up to 31 inches long and weigh up to 30 lbs.
  • Otters love burrows. They live in burrows near the body of water they call home. Often the burrow allows them to directly enter the water too.
  • Otters are predators and carnivores. They eat fish, amphibians and shellfish.
  • They are known for their playful behavior. They love to slide and interact with each other.
  • Even though they play with each other, otters prefer to live in their burrow alone or with offspring while they are young.
  • They have long powerful tails that make up about 40% of their body length. Those tails help propel them through the water.
  • Otters are known to be very vocal.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

 

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We love the otters that call this area home! They often visit us while we are out canoeing on the lake. They are quiet chatty and so much fun!

 

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Craft Day- Turtle Magnets

Craft Day- Turtle Magnets

Happy Craft Day! We’re making little wood turtle magnets out of wood! Hehehe! Come join us in the craft tent!

Materials:

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Wood circles of different sizes
Markers
Glue
Magnet

Instructions:
1)Color all your circles- (you need 1 large & 5 smaller ones for feet & head)

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2)Glue the circles together to make a turtle

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3) Glue on magnet

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There is your wood turtle! Make him whatever color you like! Add glitter! Jazz him up!

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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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