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DO WE SMELL SOMETHING STINKY?

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Well, Edmond had an encounter with a certain cute but very stinky animal while walking back to his cabin last night! Ugh! He is almost unbearable to be around! Time to pour more tomato juice on him! That’s right- Edmond stumbled on the path of a skunk!

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We all think of the stink when we think of skunks, but these masters of stench are pretty interesting animals. Despite Edmond’s encounter, he still thinks they are cute! Come learn some facts about our stinky little friends!

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Skunk fun facts:

  • Skunks can spray up to 10 feet away.
  • They spray from two oils under the base of their tail.
  • Most predators stay away from skunks, except Great Horned Owls who have no sense of smell.
  • All skunks are black and white, but they come in a variety of patterns; including stripes, spots and swirls.
  • Skunks live in North and South America.
  • They are omnivores; they’ll eat plants, eggs, fish and insects.   IMG_3291
  • They are nocturnal.
  • Skunk fossils have been found that are 10 million years old.
  • Skunks will try and warn predators with a stance and hissing before they spray.

 

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Answer: False

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CAMP E & E!

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Welcome to camp Ellie and Edmond, located on beautiful Lake Salamander! We’re looking forward to the next two weeks of activities, crafts and of course learning about nature and animals! We look forward to meeting our campers and enjoying campfires and telling stories about the ghost bear! Are you ready for camp? What activities will you not miss and what animals do you want to learn about?

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Today we’re going to learn the camp song! Who’s ready to sing it with us?

On the shores of Lake Salamander, amongst 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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SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!!

SCIENCE WORD OF THE WEEK!

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We’re buzzing about Shark Week here at the University! Ellie and Edmond have a shark quiz planned, along with a craft and some great shark facts! I’ll get the fun started with today’s word!

Today’s word is Cartilage: a firm, but flexible connective tissue that is white or yellowish in color. You humans have cartilage in your joints and on your nose and ears! Sharks and rays have skeletons that are made of cartilage! They are vertebrates just like animals with bony skeletons!

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SEA TURTLES RULE!

SEA TURTLES RULE!!

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We’re a few days late on our World Sea Turtle post, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love them less! These marine reptiles have been around 110 million years! Most of these rocking reptiles are endangered, so let’s work to protect them! We’ll share some cool facts and then some ways you can help!

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  • Sea turtles spend most of the lives at sea. Females come ashore to lay their eggs.
  • Sea turtles can not pull their limbs into their shells.
  • They do breathe air.
  • Leatherback sea turtles do not have hard shells.
  • Females lay 50-350 eggs in a nest they lay on the beach.
  • All eggs hatch at the same time. The hatchlings must dig out of the sand and head for the beach.
  • Most hatchlings hatch at night!
  • Sea turtles eat a variety of food, including sea grasses and jellies.
  • Sea turtles have a gland by their eye that excretes excess salt.

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How Can You Protect Sea Turtles:

  • Turn off lights at night on beaches where turtles nest.
  • Remove all trash from the beach- it can hinder hatchlings on their way to the sea.
  • Use reusable bags, plastic bags can look like jellies to sea turtles.
  • Get involved in a beach clean up.
  • Do not release helium balloons- they fall back to earth and are often ingested by turtles and other marine life.
  • Check out groups like the Sea Turtle Conservancy!

 

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WORLD OCEANS DAY 2015!!

WORLD OCEANS DAY 2015!

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We loooooove the ocean! That’s a good thing too since it cover’s 70% of our planet! There are so many amazing creatures and habitats in the oceans, many of which have yet to be discovered! The oceans are home to largest animal ever on earth- the blue whale! The oceans (or the phytoplankton that lives in the ocean) provide our planet with 50-85% of the oxygen we breathe. The oceans provide us with food, recreation and wonder! For all the reasons and many more- we must all learn to keep these oceans clean! Print out this great coloring sheet we have for you and tell us why you love the ocean!

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This year we are challenging our readers to ditch any products with microbeads in them. These tiny beads are getting into our oceans and causing havoc on the natural habitat! We’re also challenging you to keep plastic out of our oceans! Each year, large whales to small birds fall prey to trash! We can make a difference; share this information with a friend, encourage your office to start recycling or attend a beach clean-up! Together we can help our oceans and their amazing inhabitants! To learn more check out the official World Ocean Day Website!

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The Devil from Down Under

The Devil from Down Under

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If you guessed Tasmanian Devil yesterday- you were right! We love these tenacious little marsupials and we hope you will too after learning more about them!

td3    Range/Habitat: Island of Tasmanian of coast of Australia/forest, scrub

    Diet: Carnivore: carrion

    Length/Weight: 23-26 inches/ 11-30 lbs

    Conservation Status: endangered

 

Fun Facts:

  • Tasmanian devils are the largest carnivorous marsupial on earth!
  • They are known for the their creepy loud screams they make when threatened. Check out a video!
  • Tasmanian devils can travel many miles to find food during the night.
  • Tasmanian devils mothers give off a foul odor when threatened!

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  • Tasmanian devil moms have rear facing pouches.
  • They give birth to up to 50 imps, but only 4 will survive.
  • Tasmanian devils have a life span of 5-8 years.
  • They are endangered, but places like the San Diego Zoo are helping protect them.

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We think these little marsupials with the bad reputation. They are amazing creatures. Do you love them as much as we do?

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Answer: False

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INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DAY!!

INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DAY!

Today we celebrate Biodiversity on our planet! E-E earth

We’re super excited to celebrate International Biodiversity Day! Not sure what biodiversity is? Check out Professor Tamandua’s explanation here!

Each habitat on earth is made up of many different living organisms and all of those organisms (plants, animals and fungus) rely on each other. If we loose the biodiversity in many habitats, then we could lose most of the species there.

Here’s a great example: Southern Sea Otters live off the coast of California. They live near kelp forests. When sea otter numbers dropped, the purple sea urchin (an otter’s favorite food) population grew. Purple sea urchins then began to eat the kelp and it began to disappear. Many other fish, crustaceans and other animals are dependent on that kelp for shelter and food.  So see, without the otters the habitat is out of balance. As otter populations have come back so have the health of the kelp forest.

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To learn more about what you can do to celebrate this important day- Check out the Convention of Biological Diversity Website.   When we think of our earth’s habitats as whole living organisms we can not just protect one species, but many!

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BEAR NECESSITIES!

BEAR NECESSITIES!

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We’re still celebrating Bear Appreciation Week with some fun bear facts and a coloring sheet!

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BEAR FUN FACTS:

  • Bears are highly intelligent.
  • Polar bears are considered marine mammals.
  • Bears have an excellent sense of smell.
  • Bears can see in color.

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  • Some territories in Canada have polar bear shaped license plates!
  • Most bears are classified as omnivores. Panda bears only eat bamboo though.
  • There are 8 species of bears.
  • There are no bear species found in Africa.
  • Bears are bowlegged.
  • Bears are related to seals!

ImageWe love bears! Each species is so different and amazing! Do you have a favorite bear species? Print our bear coloring sheet and show us your favorite!

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HAPPY WORLD TAPIR DAY!!

HAPPY WORLD TAPIR DAY!!

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We’re celebrating some fun animals today! Tapirs are a bit odd looking with their elongated snoots and their hooved feet.

You might even think they are related to elephants, but they are not! Tapirs are in fact related to horses! Isn’t that cool! If you forgot that fun fact, you revisit our We Are Fanimaly!

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Fun Tapir Facts:

  • They have long prehensile mini trunks that are actually their noses and lips!
  • Tapirs are herbivores.
  • Tapirs are seed dispensers! They poop out the seeds of the fruit they eat and those seeds help forest growth.
  • Tapirs are excellent swimmers!
  • Tapirs live in South and Central America and parts of Asia.
  • All four species of tapirs are endangered!
  • Baby tapirs are covered in spots to help them camouflage!

 

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Enjoy our tapir coloring sheet!

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ARBOR DAY!

ARBOR DAY!

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We celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday and today we’re celebrating Arbor Day! We are BIG tree lovers here! We love trees for so many reasons, so we wrote a poem for them! Tell us why you love trees!

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 For the Trees!

Oh dear trees, we love you so!

Oh dear trees, grow, grow, grow!

Oh dear trees, you make wonderful homes!

Oh dear trees, you have no need to roam!

Oh dear trees,  you stand mighty and tall!

Oh dear trees, your leaves they drop every fall!

Oh dear trees, you provide great shade!

Oh dear trees, you make the grade!

Oh dear trees, you give fresh air!

Oh dear trees, you have such flair!

Oh dear trees, we love you so!

Oh dear trees, grow, grow, grow!

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