Squirreling Around at Oatland

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If fall ever had an animal poster child, it would be a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter.  We learned a bit about squirrels today, grey, red and my favorite flying squirrels.  We learned how squirrels eat acorns, but they also bury them and when they forget to dig them up, they grow into mighty oaks.

We watched some squirrels in flight.  Check out this Nat Geo video showing these high trapeze artists:

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/weirdest-flying-squirrel

Skippy and Jiffy our two acrobatic flying squirrels put on a good showing as we read Melanie Watt’s story Scaredy Squirrel:

Scaredy Squirel

Scaredy Squirrel finds out in this episode that he is no ordinary squirrel, but an adventurous, high flying squirrel.

We ended this fun class making a puppet of Scaredy Squirrel in his tree.  We did this using a toilet paper roll with a lunch bag wrapped around it.  We glued leaves on our tree and put our little paper cut out of scaredy squirrel on a popsicle stick and popped him up into his tree.

scaredy squirrel puppet in tree scaredy squirrel puppet scaredy squirrel

You can say we were squirreling around at this Toddler Tuesday!

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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