Biology of My Backyard – Day 3

Greetings!  Today we learned all about birds, their adaptations, and their unique beaks!

We started by reviewing mammals using puzzles:

Piecing together the mammals of Texas

Working hard

What type of bird skull do you think this is?

Next, Heath was kind enough to show us around the Natural Science Research Lab and teach us all about awesome insects, birds, and mammals!

Showing us the locations of where all the mammals in the NSRL were collected

Look at all those mammals!

Make sure you look on the bottom of the shelves, too!

Looking closely at all the insects

Those are some big beetles!

Are these zebras the same, or different?

Brittany showing us the birds in the Explorium

We finished the day with learning what beaks are used for eating very specific foods. Birds have beaks like fish nets, pliers, eye droppers, and tweezers.

Which beak is best?

What beak should we use for eating floating plants?

What beak is best for digging out worms?

Searching for bird food

Picking "caterpillars" off a log

Fishing for plant food

Brittany threw marshmellows in the air to represent flying insects

Digging deep for more worms

Hmm what beak works best?

Writing down some observations

What bird has a beak like tweezers?

Ants on a log, yum!

Picking out the last of the worms

Afterwards, we ventured outside to learn all about hazards birds encounter everyday. Things like power lines, pesticides, other animals, and buildings are all things that can harm birds in their everyday lives!

We have lots of fun today. Tomorrow we will finish up with a biology planetarium show and nature walk!

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