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Owls: Hunters of the Sky

December 21, 2016 - Latest, Urban Education

Recently, Irvine’s screech owl took a trip to visit one of Hamilton’s 4th grade classes. She was helping Ms. Katie teach the class about owls and their adaptations.   In class, they went over the characteristics of owls such as large eyes, camouflage, and talons. The students also learned more about needs for survival and… Read more »

Three Cheers for President ‘Possum!

November 10, 2016 - Animal House, Latest

After a close race, Miss. Virginia Opossum was selected as Irvine’s Animal President for the 2016 Election!  This year’s election pinned Miss. Virginia Opossum, Mrs. Black Rat Snake, Ms. Eastern Screech Owl, Mr. Box Turtle, and Mr. Bullfrog against each other. Each candidate had a solid political platform as outlined below: Miss. Opossum’s slogan “No… Read more »

Woolly Bear Caterpillars

November 7, 2016 - Latest, Naturalist's Notes

Why did the Pyrrharctia isabella cross the road? It was going to REI to buy snowshoes! This particular woolly bear caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella) was mostly black, which is a sure sign of a fierce winter. Or is it? Most of us have heard that woolly bears can be used predict the upcoming winter. Actually, as… Read more »

Nature Art

October 27, 2016 - Latest, Urban Education

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau Nature encourages a sense of wonder and sparks our creativity.  From Claude Monet to Henry David Thoreau, everyone has been inspired by nature in one way or another.   Art in every sense of the word has been influenced by… Read more »