October 20 and 21, 2014: Creatures of the Night
Explore bats, owls and more as we look into the creatures that go ‘bump’ the night here in Colorado.
This week we got to exploring Colorado animals of the night! On Monday we learned about nocturnal animals that fly! First, we learned about the amazing adaptations of owls. We made miniature owl figurines, dressed up as an owl, and drew some owl-inspired self portraits.
Next, we learned about the secret lives of bats. We discovered that bats are not blind- that's just a myth! The senses they primarily rely on are hearing and scent. We played some games and did experiments as bats using these other senses. We had to find our bat pups blindfolded and only using scents!
Our last winged animals of the day were fireflies! We learned how they communicate with their flashing and we got some flashcards and sent some messages of our own! We also decided to help out our winged friends and painted some homes for them- complete with glow in the dark paint!
Tuesday focused on terrestrial animals. We learned some Native American lore about a coyote and put on a puppet show to tell the story!
Next, we had to work together to solve a mystery. We had some clues about what the animal eats, we saw its tracks, and we also saw its skull- with all the clues we put together that the mystery animal was a raccoon!
Our final nocturnal animal was a badger. We learned about their physical and behavioral adaptations that allow it to be a successful nocturnal creature. We crafted our own mini badgers and its own sett to live in!
And as always at SPREE camp, we had a great time exploring in the Cherry Creek and the South Platte River!