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Habitat Programs

Habitat wildlife programs

Available Programs:

North Carolina Wildlife “Carolina Creatures & Features"
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Coral Reefs and Sharks "Underwater Gardens of Life"
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Tropical Rainforests "Paradise Out on a Limb"
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North Carolina Wildlife “Carolina Creatures & Features”

Live animals include native snakes and freshwater and terrestrial turtles.

North Carolina’s diverse coastal and inland ecosystems provide a home for an incredible diversity of native wildlife species. This program explores plant and animals that live in the 3 main regions of North Carolina; the coastal plain, piedmont and mountains. Topics of discussion include: sea turtle nesting, offshore reefs, sandhill community, carnivorous plants, brackish water systems, saltwater marshes, freshwater systems, freshwater turtles, salamanders, beavers, river otter, deer, rabbits, animal tracks, camouflage techniques, black bear, spruce forests, mountain lions, venomous and non-venomous snakes.

An example of hands-on artifacts includes:

Pelts from deer, skunk, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, Eastern cottontail rabbit and coyote., skulls from rabbit, skunk, beaver, coyote, deer, fox alligator (3 sizes) and raccoon; resin animal tracks from skunk, raccoon, deer, dog, black bear, panther, beaver, fox and squirrel; preserved specimens of a Copperhead snake, Eastern kingsnake, common snapping turtle eggs and hatchlings and plant specimens. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service confiscated items of Black bear claws and gall bladder. . Books and educational posters are on display.
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Pictured left to right: A number of skulls and animal tracks are on display. A child examines the insect remains inside a carnivorous Pitcher plant. Several animal pelts are on exhibit for touching.
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Coral Reefs and Sharks "Underwater Gardens of Life"

Live animals include sea snails, sea star, Coral banded shrimp and Clownfish

Coral reefs are fragile ecosystems that support one quarter of all marine life. The coral community is really a system that includes a collection of biological communities, representing one of the most dives ecosystems in the world. For this reason, coral reefs often referred to as the “underwater gardens of Life: Corals themselves are tiny animals and their structures support a variety of other sea creatures including sponges, mollusks, sea slugs, crabs, shrimp, sea sutras, sea urchins, sea anemones, octopus, sea turtles and many species of fish. Topics for discussion include; hard and soft corals, coral anatomy, diet, diversity of animals found around coral reefs, sharks, sea urchins, sea stars, bony fish, cleaner shrimp and importance of coral reefs and conservation measures. Participants touch a live starfish and sea snails.

An example of hands-on artifacts includes:

Hard and soft corals, sea urchin test, sea urchin spines, sponges, skate egg case, shark eggs, taxidermy leopard shark pup, a preserved Smooth Dogfish shark pup, porcupine puffer fish, trigger fish, Queen Conch shell and an assortment of sea shells. Books and educational posters are on display.
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Pictured from left to right: Shark artifacts are on display including shark pups, skin and teeth for touching. Children are in awe touching a live sea star. A young girl twirls a porcupine puffer.
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Tropical Rainforests "Paradise Out on a Limb"

Live animals include a Green iguana, Red-footed tortoise, African emperor scorpion, constrictor snake and a Blue and Gold Macaw

The tropical rainforests are the richest sources of life on earth, yet at the current rate of destruction, they could disappear. Half of the world’s plants and animals live in the rainforests. Learn about the four layers of the rainforest and the representative plant and animal species that reside in each layer. Topics for discussion include: geographical locations, the water cycle, epiphytic bromeliads, camouflage patterns, holdfast methods of animal and plants living in the trees, anatomy differences of bird beaks to gather nectar, fruit and seeds, sloths, monkeys, tapir, okapi, leopards, fruit bats, seed dispersal, rainforest products, economic value, conservation efforts and significance of living things and their interconnectedness. Students participate in demonstrating how plants rid or retain water with various leaf shapes from epiphytic bromeliads and other understory leaf samples.

An example of hands-on artifacts in this program includes:

Iguana shed, Arrowana fish scale (used as a nail file), feathers from macaw parrots and African Gray parrot, vanilla bean, sugar cane and assorted rainforest food products. Confiscated items from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service include an Asian Leopard cat pelt, Hippopotamus tusk, Blue Morpho butterfly, Asian rainforest insect mounts, elephant ivory necklace and tail hair bracelet, tiger bone plaster medicinal package, rhinoceros horn and bear gall bladder pill box and leopard bone tea balls medicinal box. Books and educational posters are on display.
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Pictured from left to right: Epiphytic bromeliads are on display along with a live tarantula in a locked exhibit case. Students are holding a confiscated Leopard cat pelt from the Asian rainforests. A Blue and Gold macaw from the South American rain forests entertains the crowd as he cracks open peanuts.
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To schedule a program call 704-436-9048 Email: woodswalk@carolina.rr.com