Archive for the ‘Snakes’ Category

Fossils

I’ve probably been fascinated with fossils since I was little. One of the first time’s I was introduced to them was somewhere between 4th and 6th grade. I can’t remember the exact time but I do remember they were little round circles that we chipped out of rocks.

Anyway, this article tonight takes me back not just to that place and time but also to the book Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time has Left Behind by Richard Fortey.

So I almost forgot, the article is entitled “A Mysterious Fossil Points to the Origins of Lizards and Snakes” by Asher Elbein over at the New York Times. Believe it or not, I still have a couple of fossils lying around the house.

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Green Librarian

Family tree

I saw this article the other day, “Where Humans Split from Sharks” over at Science Daily and then I remembered this article over also over there entitled “Turtles Closer to Birds Than Lizards or Snakes“. Talk about a strange family tree!

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Green Librarian

Butterflies & more

I have to say we saw lots of butterflies during our “Butterflies on the Wing” excursion, unfortunately not quite the variety that I think our guides thought we were going to see. We did however, see lots of other animals including a ribbon snake, a toad, a fox (at least part of it), several beetles, deer,  and numerous species of birds.

Overall, my kids had a great time though at times my oldest would have rather been somewhere else, like watching NASCAR.  So with that said, here are a couple of articles on some of the animals we saw.

First up there is this article over at Science Daily entitled “Monarch Butterfly Migration Mystery Deepens”. what an amazing journey.

Then, for the beetle lovers out there, I have this interesting artilce, “Zoologger: Infrared-sensing beetles born in fire” over at NewScientist. On our adventure this past weekend, we had a herbatologist who was able to educate us on the different beetles we saw along the way.

Finally, while we didn’t see a lot of tracks on that day (except a few deer tracks), here’s an article about that topic. It’s entitled “Get Kids Outside:Tracking” by Matt Miller at the Nature Conservancy.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian