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Wildlife Programs

Educational Wildlife Programs NCAvailable Programs:

Insects "Nothing BUGS ME"
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Bats "Munchkins of the Night Sky"
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Birds "Birds of a Feather"
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Bat-O-Ween Special Fall Program
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Insects "Nothing BUGS ME"

See a live tarantula, chirping crickets, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and an African Emperor Scorpion that glows in the dark!

Over a million different species of insect have been identified.  More than all animals combined!  Participants learn many insects are beneficial.   They pollinate flowers, fertilize the soil and provide commercially valuable products such as honey.  Topics of discussion include:  complete and incomplete metamorphosis, sensory organs, exoskeletons, camouflage techniques, social insects, decomposers and food chains.  Can you name the best pollinator in the world?  Find out who it is!

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

Chrysalis from Monarch and Painted butterflies, cocoon from Polyphemus moth, mounts of praying mantis, trapdoor spider, cicadas, Hercules beetle, tarantula molts, orb weaver spider webs in observation frames, beeswax, bee suit, Elephant stag beetle and more.  Confiscated items from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include Morpho butterfly, Atlas moth (largest moth in the world), tarantula and scorpion mounts.  Also an Asian rainforest insect collection including 16 unique beetles, cicadas and scorpions.  Books and educational posters are on display.
 
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Pictured left to right:  A number of insect artifacts and a bee suit are on display. Children are amazed of the variety of insect they get a chance to see.
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Bats “Munchkins of the Night Sky”

See animals bats help in caves!  Millipedes, roaches, mice and a constrictor snake

One quarter of all mammal species on earth are bats yet they are often misunderstood. Participants learn the benefits of bats and how they are the only true flying mammal.  Did you know that bats help rainforests grow and are the main consumers of night flying insects?  Topics for discussion include:  nocturnal animals, bat anatomy, insect and fruit eating bats, vampire bats, echolocation, hibernation and the importance bats play in cave ecosystems.  Students participate in demonstrations that include a cave ecosystem food chain, utilizing bat biologist’s equipment and finding out how many insects a bat can eat in one hour. 

An example of hands-on items in the program includes:

Mounted bats include a Bicolored Roundleaf bat found in the country of Indonesia, the Cave Nectar bat from Asia and a confiscated Vampire bat from Latin America.  Other artifacts include bat biologist equipment, a simulated bat wing, bat guano, foods bats eat and a bat skeleton. Books and educational posters are on display.
 
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Pictured from left to right: A young girl holds a mounted Cave nectar bat from Asia. Two young girls try on bat biologist equipment. There are many bat artifacts on display. .
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birds educational programs

Birds "Birds of a Feather"

Live animals include a Blue and Gold Macaw, mice, roaches, mealworms, crickets and constrictor snake

Learn about birds in fields and forests as this program teaches you the differences of songbirds, wading birds and birds of prey.  There are a number of bird nests on display.  Find out which birds like to build their nests with pine needles, mud, leaves or sticks.  Topics for discussion include bird diets, anatomy and nesting.  Learn how to attract birds to your garden by planting certain shrubs, vines, trees and flowers.  See a live Blue and Gold Macaw and watch how fast he can crack open a peanut!

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

Barred owl skull, feathers and talons, Great horned owl skull, feathers and talons, wings, Screech owl feathers and talons, wings from a Great blue heron, Northern cardinal, Red-winged blackbird and more.  Bird nests from chickadee, robin, barn swallow, bluebird and cardinal.  See a model of a Barred Owl nest box and Bluebird house.  Books and educational posters are on display.

Please note:  all bird items are protected by law and are authorized to science institutions under the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Act.
 
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Pictured left to right: A number of bird nests are on display. Children peek into a bluebird house and see the surprise inside. Boys are holding the giant wings of a Great Blue Heron and feeling how light they are.
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Bat-O-Ween Special Fall Program

See live creepy crawlies for this special Fall program.  See colorful snakes, fancy mice, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, fuzzy tarantulas and an African Emperor Scorpion that really glows in the dark!

Learn about the benefits of bats that are so often maligned and misunderstood.. This special seasonal program highlights animals portrayed for Halloween in a favorable way.  Children can see real mounted bats including the elusive vampire bat.  They can try on bat biologist equipment and feel a simulated bat wing.  Of course, the stars of the program are the live animals that will make you happy it is Halloween! There are no tricks in this batty program because it is a real TREAT!


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