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March Nature News

Warmer weather means we’ve been able to provide more natural enrichment for our ambassador animals, taking some springtime walkabouts with our owls, or giving our reptiles an opportunity to explore and bask in the sun.

December Nature News

Here at Chewonki, as blustery cold as it may be outdoors, our indoor Wildlife Center is kept warm, humid, and merry, for the comfort of our Cold-blooded companions.  Our resident Box Turtles, lizards and snakes have been basking under their heat lamps, munching on balanced, vitamin-enriched meals, and soaking in warm water baths to keep them healthy and active.  

Natural History Mystery #7: Celebrating the Summer and Migrating Home

In a typical year, Chewonki celebrates each adventurous and wonderful summer at camp with a banquet, speeches, and awards! We then return to our homes as Fall and the beginning of school approaches. Much like Chewonki campers, many birds and insects “celebrate” the end of Summer and prepare to make their Fall migrations to warmer places. In this final Natural History Mystery, we will investigate these long distance migrants, and see which holds a world record!

Natural History Mystery #6: Pipe Dreams

Far and away, the greatest source of energy supporting life on Earth is (or was) the radiant energy (light) of the Sun! Wherever you see living green substances supporting the ecological food web, you know that solar energy is at work. The green pigment chlorophyll, that has the ability to absorb solar energy, is sign of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is how plants, or producers, make food. In this week’s Natural History Mystery, you will investigate how a plant that doesn’t have chlorophyll survives!

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