Subterranean Blues

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Just in time for Punxatawney Phil to make his prognostication we learned all about burrowing animals.  We read a story describing the behaviors of underground animals by Denise Fleming:

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Her stories are really great for illustrations and simple action words.  We talked about some of the animal adaptations for burrowing like big claws and beady eyes.  We went outside and found a few signs of burrowing animals and even bumped into our favorite burrower the gopher tortoise:

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We talked about how important he is for helping out his fellow dark, den dwelling dynamos.

We talked a little about the tradition of ground hogs day and the superstition about the weather,  and so I am holding that Punxatawney Phil to his promise and since he didn’t see his shadow spring better come early this year!

We honored the ground hog with our paper puppet craft.  First we made his shadow, then we made a puppet.

 

 

 

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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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