I have always been an avid nature explorer and my connection to the environment through nature was fueled by attending one of the wildlife educational program on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park, Texas (http://www.coppelltx.gov/bec). The center promotes and provides hands-on environmental education for both school and the community where the participants observe and learn about local flora, fauna, and environmental sustainability issues. One of the most reputable wildlife educators and party entertainers, Zooniversity been awarded with “Best of the Metroplex — Family Choice Award” seven times in a row in North Texas, conducted wildlife program on mammals at the center.
Participants exploring the trails at Coppell Nature Park
Mammals are among the most adaptable animals on the planet. They are found on every continent and in every ocean, and range in size from tiny bumblebee bats to enormous blue whales. All warm-blooded vertebrates (have backbones) including humans belong to mammals. They feed their young with milk and have a more well-developed brain than other types of animals.
The class reviewed mammal characteristics, unique habitats, adaptive anatomy, feeding, defense and weird animal behaviors. The insight on the “Zooniversity: Meet Mammals; Our Furry Friends” program is described below:
1. Basic study on characteristics/habitats of herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.
Figure 1. Basic characteristics of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores explained.
2. Awesome experience of touching the fur/of mammals as coyote and skunks and studied/observed their skulls.
Figure 2. The skulls of mammals as coyote and skunk.
3. Adults and kids of all ages were welcomed to participate in hands-on experiments on blubber.
Figure 3. Hands-on experiment on “Blubber”
4. Kids were excited to draw and color the pictures of animals.
Figure 4. Kids engaged in drawing and coloring
Let us explore the nature and find ways to preserve and/or conserve our beautiful environment.
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