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Science and nature investigations for kids
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Bug of the Week: Age of Honey Bees - Honey bees do different jobs as they get older. The young bees take care of the brood, and the older bees go out and forage or gather food. In the fall, the foraging bees don't look too bad. They are still fuzzy and they're wings are in good shape. Now contrast that to some honey bees this week. Can you see the dark patch on the back of the thorax? This bee has lost some of her hair. The quality of this photo isn't the best, but can you see how ragged th...

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Groundhog’s Day Science Suggestions - Groundhog's Day is coming up soon. It's a perfect time to learn more about this fascinating animal. Groundhogs have a number of common names. They are also called woodchucks or whistle pigs. Their scientific name is Marmota monax. They belong to the taxonomic group marmots. Groundhogs are rodents, so they have large front teeth or incisors. They also have sharp claws for digging their big burrows. (Public Domain Illustration) It is not unusual to see gr...

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Children’s Bird Science Books and Kit Giveaway - Just in time for Great Backyard Bird Count  February 17-20, 2017, we have a terrific bird-themed giveaway opportunity offered by Downtown Bookworks. Let's see all the great stuff they have to offer, and then discuss what you have to do to enter below. Number 1 on the list is Bird-acious (Science with Stuff) by award-winning children's science writer Melissa Stewart. This book is a fun and educational introduction to birds for young readers. I...

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Melissa Stewart’s Bird-acious for STEM Friday - Coming up on next week, we are going to announce a giveaway opportunity for some great bird books as well as a PBS Kids Look and Learn Birds kit.  For STEM Friday, let's preview one of the books in the giveaway, Bird-acious (Science with Stuff) by Melissa Stewart. First of all, the book itself is a fun and educational introduction to birds for young readers. It contains big color photographs and interesting facts. It covers everything from fea...

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Bug of the Week: Matching Praying Mantis - It was a bit cold, cloudy and rainy over the weekend, so I wasn't expecting to find any insects. But there it was. A praying mantis, bold as can be. Isn't it interesting how the pink shades on its thorax match the pink flower buds of the fairy duster plant it's resting on? The cold weather was probably making it sluggish, because it did not move when I ran to get my camera or the whole time I was taking photographs. Perhaps it is wishing for warmer...

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Bug of the Week: All About Arachnids - We've never discussed arachnids in detail here at Bug of the Week. Let's find out what we've been missing. Spiders and their relatives belong to the class Arachnida. How can you tell whether a creature belongs to this group? Arachnids have two body regions called the prosoma (part with eyes and legs) and opisthosoma (rear section). Arachnids have eight legs and they do not have antennae, although they do have two short appendages in front called pedipa...
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