photo: Refuge volunteer Margaret Lozar helps a young duck impersonator with her final fitting of props that simulate air sacs, webbed feet, coutour and down feathers, hollow bones, a bill, and nictitating membranes.
June 10, 2013
Elementary School, located along the Refuge’s southern boundary, affords a
wonderful view of the property owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. The second grade classrooms are located on the school’s second floor,
giving the students an outstanding elevated view of the nearby preserved
While the focus
of the students’ February visit to the Refuge was wintering elk, the spring
trip in late May centered on birds. Students rotated through stations to learn
about bird characteristics, beak adaptations, and migration. The students also
had an opportunity to observe birds and write in journals they’ve been keeping
throughout the year.
This week, both
Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp art work will be on display at the
Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. In the spirit of the
traveling exhibits, Refuge volunteers have organized a “Duck Day” for Friday, June 14 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, offering some of the same learning
stations to the public. Participants can navigate through the bird migration
obstacle course, don props that allow them to learn about duck adaptations, and
challenge themselves to pick up various sources of food with an assortment of
tools to learn about different shapes and sizes of beaks. Friday’s programs are
free of charge and guaranteed to be fun!
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