Squid Dissection

01/03/2015 | 12:30pm
Did you know squid crush their food with bird-like beaks and have a gland full of ink they spray when scared? Join science educator Laura Poppick to learn all about squid – inside and out – in this hands-on dissection workshop! We’ll compare the squid’s body to our own bodies, discover how sea creatures live their lives underwater, and create sketches of our dissection to take home. Suggested for ages 4 and up.$5/member, $6/visitor plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk. Click here to register online!

Wonderful Puffins Tomorrow, Sat. 12.6

project-puffin-slideWonderful Puffins with National Audubon’s
Project Puffin (R$)
Saturday, December 6, 2014 2:00 PM
Join educator and biologist “Seabird Sue” Schubel from National Audubon’s Project Puffin to explore the lives and adaptations of the amazing Atlantic Puffin! Maine is the only state in the U.S. where Atlantic Puffins nest – they are found on just four islands here.

With a variety of show and touch items and a take-home seabird craft, visitors will learn all about puffins through this interactive science program. There will also be puffin costumes for puffin play time!

Reservations recommended.
$4/person plus admission. For tickets call 828-1234 x231, stop by the front desk, or click here.

 

Moose Caller Extraordinaire

Last Saturday we welcomed Matt Tinker, Registered Maine Guide and moose caller extraordinaire, who did an amazing presentation for an excited audience in the Ranger Station. Matt has his own guide service taking wildlife photographers, hunters and animal fanciers into the forests of Maine where he helps them find animals like moose. On Saturday, he showed us moose and deer antlers and pelts so we could compare their sizes. He also demonstrated a baby moose’s call to its mother and some of the sounds an adult moose can make. Using homemade recycled tools, he also replicated many of the sounds a moose can make without using his voice! He even used a puddle of water to show the sound a moose makes when it walks through water and eats lily pads. Everyone learned how to make at least one sound like a moose.

Here are just a few of the other things we learned from Matt during his visit:

• A baby moose can weigh 35 pounds when it is born.

• A moose can live up to 25 years.

• A male moose loses his antlers every year, then squirrels, mice, and other small mammals chew on them to get minerals.

Thank you, Matt, for sharing your skills and knowledge!