North America's only marsupial, the opossum, is capable of eating an estimated 5,000 ticks every season! Not only can opossums help keep tick levels down, but they also eat other unwanted pests such as: cockroaches, rats, mice, snails, slugs and are even resistant to snake venom, making timber rattlesnakes and copperheads good meals for the opossum! Not to mention, due to their low body temperature, opossums cannot contract or spread rabies.
The sex of a deer can consistently be determined by the track. True or False?
Which sensory organ is referred to as the whitetail’s “sixth sense”?
b) Interdigital gland
d) Nasal gland
The Vomeronasal Organ or VNO, is considered the whitetail’s sixth sense. This “second nose” is located in the roof of their mouths, and allows for the analysis of urine and other odors, not just the smell of them.
January was chalk full of adventure for kids who were able to be a part of Deerassic Programs. After a long Christmas break we were happy to get back and make our monthly stops to Cambridge Primary and Intermediate for their After-School Programs. This month kids got to partake in one of our favorite presentations, “The Scoop on Poop!” Students learned different funny facts about animal poop from all around the world. Then, they got to play a game where we try to identify different Ohio native mammal droppings. This activity is always a good laugh and a great learning experience for the kids. We then made our way back to Meadowbrook Middle School for their MAKERS Club and did our Owl Pellets activity. Owl Pellets are pellets made up of hair, feathers, and bones from the food of owls! Owls cannot digest these things especially since they swallow their prey whole. So within 12 hours of a meal, their bodies form these pellets which they then throw up! Owl pellets are great to dissect because they are odorless, completely harmless, and can tell us what owls eat! Students sifted through the mass of furs and feathers to find bones and used charts and diagrams to ID those bones and put them back together. With more school visits scheduled, February is looking like yet another busy month for Deerassic!
DEERASSIC ACTIVITY SPOTLIGHT
Each month we spotlight one of the amazing educational activities offered by our dedicated education team
Marksmanship & Firearm Safety
Description: Working with air rifles, students learn the basics of firearm safety along with basic marksmanship. Utilizing hay bales and balloons as targets.
Length: 30 - 60 Minutes
Grades: 3rd +
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