Friday, August 5, 2016

8.5.16 KidSummer Day Camp - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster, MA

Today, I promised the bird nerds that we would visit as much of the museum as possible, beginning with Bird Alley.  The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History opens at 9:30am this time of year, so I wanted to take advantage of this fancy feathery hallway before the place got too busy.  Our objective was to choose a bird, or more time permitting, to draw from observing the species in Bird Alley.  There are over 200 species housed in this exhibit and as much time as I've spent in that particular hallway, I am endlessly fascinated by what I learn from their size, their feathers, their beauty.  I also am endlessly fascinated by the illustrations of children.  I love the purity of them and how they choose to express themselves.  Don't miss the photos below of their artwork.  They should be very proud of their work.

As we explored the museum, we first visited the Nature  Scape Gallery - a rotating artist exhibit housed in the auditorium of the museum.  At this time the mind blowing photography of caterpillars by naturalist & photographer Samuel Jaffe.  He will be visiting the museum next week on 8.10.16 (click here for details) with his caterpillar lab.  I have seen it.  It is ridiculous.  You walk into the room wondering why are all these branches in water...where are the...and then you get closer to those branches & you cannot believe your eyes.  I HIGHLY recommend it!   We checked out the habitat mural in the main hallway, which elegantly represents the habitats and species living within the lands surrounding the museum.

We spent some time in the best seat in the house as well - the Marshview Room, where we were able to spot & name some familiar bird species, including one we hadn't seen this week, the Red-winged Blackbird.  We even snuck in a quick visit to the Coastal Explorer for hands-on learning about shore & ocean species of animals, including some live animals.  When you include doing things with your hands, puzzles, connecting dots (literally &/or figuratively) taking quizzes and touching preserved bones, shells & so many other things... it incorporates a deeper understanding of the wonders of nature that both fill and surround the ocean habitat.  I'm going to miss this tiny flock of bird nerds!  I know our flight paths will cross again someday!  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
House Sparrow 
Song Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-winged Blackbird

Someone brought his Wood Bee protective flag!
A laminated photo of a hedgehog!  They eat bees!

Warding off bees with the hedgehog flag!

Bird Alley illustrating

Turtle skull

Snowy Owl!

Eastern Screech Owl - red phase

Bald Eagle

Hairy Woodpecker

Finished Illustrations

Right whale skull

Admiring the photography of Samuel Jaffe
in the Naturescape Gallery

Imitating the large horn on the end of the
caterpillar that looks like a giant eye

Learning from the mural in the main 
hall of the museum

Award-winning wood carving of a Ring-necked Pheasant

House Sparrow - male

Making butterfly mobiles

House Sparrow females & a Red-winged Blackbird female

Mourning Dove, Red Squirrel & Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal - female
The bright sunshine is making her appear 
light colored, but only in this photo

Red-winged Blackbird - female

House Sparrows & Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Northern Cardinal - male

Black-capped Chickadee

Checking out the Box Turtle

Working on that 'sense of wonder'...

Finding the Wood Frog

Amazing Honey Bees

Learning about Cape Cod's top predators

Award-winning wood carving of 
an Eastern Screech Owl

Ready to visit the Coastal Explorer

Well camouflaged species

Having success with a tricky 3D puzzle
Happy Birding young BIRD NERDS!'s COOL to be a Bird Nerd! 

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