Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fontenelle Nature Center Presents: Underground Animals!

Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Monday, July 1, 2013.

Deborah Woracek visited the library today to present a program on interesting creatures who live or dig underground.  She began her program by reading several stories:

Log Hotel by Anne Schreiber, illustrated by Debbie Pinkney


A Salamander's Life by John Himmelman

Salamander Rain by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini

Then Deborah asked the children to form a large circle.  They started out in a nice big circle which became increasingly smaller as the children strained forward to see the critters she brought with her!

We got an up-close look at a nightcrawler. Children were given the opportunity to touch it if they chose.

Deborah also brought along a Barred Salamander. 
With instruction and encouragement from Deborah, the children got ready to greet the salamander by putting on their best "salamander face".  The results were very amusing!

The children learned some interesting facts about salamanders and got a chance to touch it.  They were asked to use two fingers to gently touch the salamander, and only after having their fingers sprayed with specially treated water.  This water was used in order to prevent the salamander's skin from being damaged by substances found in regular drinking water, such as fluoride, which can be harmful to the salamander.

Ms. Woracek will return to the library next Monday, July 8 at 3 PM for a fun presentation on Digging for Dinosaurs! 

Again next week, we will draw the name of one lucky attendee to receive a free Family Day Pass for Fontenelle Nature Center!  Our thanks to our friends at FNA for providing the door prizes for these two programs!

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