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Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Hosts Annual Nocturnal Creatures Program
Midwest Region, November 1, 2011
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Student touring the Nocturnal Creatures Spookhouse searching for wildlife of the night!
Student touring the Nocturnal Creatures Spookhouse searching for wildlife of the night! - Photo Credit: Photo by Steve Whitson/USFWS.
Student making her way through the Nocturnal Creatures Spookhouse!
Student making her way through the Nocturnal Creatures Spookhouse! - Photo Credit: Photo by Steve Whitson/USFWS.

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge welcomed 553 students from 10 area schools this past October for the 2011 Nocturnal Creatures Program.

 

The Nocturnal Creatures Program focused on creatures of the night and what the Refuge would look like at night. Students, grades 1-4, were invited to attend this program as a school field trip. The program began with a group discussion concentrating on how nocturnal creatures different that animals that are active during the day. Staff highlighted how nocturnal animals have adapted to night life and hunting in the dark, featuring their use of heightened senses or other special adaptations.

Students then tested their own senses by identifying things using their sense of hearing, taste, smell, and touch. After learning to use their senses ‘like a nocturnal creature would,' students revisited a specific nocturnal creature with special adaptations for night hunting: the bat. Students then learned about echolocation firsthand through participting in the Bat Moth Game, a hands-on lesson about the basic concept behind echolocation.

After learning about nocturnal creatures students visited the ‘spook house.' The ‘Nocturnal Creatures Spook House’ was filled with mounts of nocturnal creatures, which they had previously discussed, and simulated what the Refuge might be like at night.


Contact Info: Steve Whitson, 660-856-3323 ext. 13, steve_whitson@fws.gov



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