October 6, 2000
OUR VISIT TO SANTOSH WILDLIFE REFUGE
I liked the skulls station. I learned that you can tell how old an animal is by looking at the skull. Also you can tell what animal it is by the skull. Also some times you can see the imprints of the brain.
I liked the small exhibit with the skulls the most. I learned a lot about how you can tell a lot about a skull. You can tell what they eat by the shape of their teeth. You can also tell how old the animal is.
I enjoyed learning about the seeds the most. I liked learning that the guy who invented velcro got his idea from the sticky poky ball that the teacher gave to us. I also enjoyed learning about how many seeds you could gather on your socks. The other thing I liked about this station was learning the names of different seeds.
I liked the skull station. A skull can tell you a lot about an animal. The eye sockets can tell you if the animal has binocular vision or omnocular vision. The nose cavity can tell you if the animal could smell well. The ear cavity can tell you if the animal could hear well. Carnivores have large ear and nose cavities and binocular vision. Most herbivores are the same except they have omnocular vision. Deer have a mix so that it they are running through the forest they don't run into a tree. You can tell what the animal ate by it's teeth. Sharp teeth means that it eats meat. Flat teeth means it eats plants.
At Santosh my favorite thing was the skull station. I learned that a beaver's teeth will grow big and curl up. That makes it pierce through it's head. I also learned that a bobcat has four pointy teeth in front for catching prey and flat ones in the back so it can grind things up like meat or plants. I learned beavers eye sockets are on the top of it's head to see if the coast is clear when it comes out of the water.
I liked the one with the birds because we learned what kind of birds ate what. We also found out the claws and beaks that the different birds have. We got to use pliers and things to demonstrate different bird beaks.
I learned many things about things that live in the water. I learned that if you found a May-fly it means that the water if very good. I also learned that a whole bunch of nymphs lived there. At the skull station I learned that if an animal has flat teeth it eats mostly plants but if it has sharp teeth it eats meat. I also learned that you could tell what a bird eats by the shape of it's bill.
by Kyle F.
I learned how much you can tell from a skull. If is is a herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore. Or if they were a hunter or the hunted, the size of the animal or the type of bones it had. If they had flat teeth they are herbivores. It they have sharp canine teeth they are carnivores and if they have both they are omnivores. If their eyes are on the side of their head they need to look for danger, so they are the hunted, and if the eyes are on the front of their head it looks straight ahead so they can go fast, they are hunters. I also learned that you can learn how big their brain was. I learned a lot and most of it I hadn't ever heard before.
I liked the skull station. I learned how to tell what kind of animal it is. We also learned that some animals have eyes that are to the side. We saw a bear skull, it was huge. The noses had a lot of stuff in them.
I liked learning about the Blue Heron because it is by favorite bird. I learned that birds all have different beaks and feet. The birds eat different types of food.
In the Santosh area the one I liked the best was the skull station. It was really cool. You can see the cartilage where the nose used to be on the real skulls. It looks like really old paper with holes in it. It was very interesting to hear about the things they can tell from ones like what animal they are, how old, and how big they were.
You would think that a girl like me would like the birds, or something. But no, I liked the skulls! I found the skulls rather fascinating! I mean how much you could tell about them. It was just amazing at how you could tell what kind of food they ate, just by it's teeth. And how you could tell what kind of eyes they had by the size of their socket. I mean it was amazing, really, really amazing!
I liked the skull station. I never knew that you could tell where the animal lived, ate.
My favorite thing at Santosh was the skull place. I learned how you can find out what kind of animal it was from the teeth and the eyes, basically, the whole skull. I learned research on one skull. You can't believe how much you can learn from a bone.
When I went to Santosh I learned that skulls are adapted to their environment. If it was a carnivore, it had canine and other sharper teeth, but if it was an herbivore it had bigger grinding teeth like our molars. And if it was an omnivore it had canines and molars. Skulls also adapt by if you were a coyote you would have to know how far your prey is, but if you were a bunny you would know where food is, you would just not need to know how far, but you would have to know if you were being chased. And if you were a beaver you could see on top of you but they use smell and hearing to see the rest.
The bird station was the best. He told us all about every single bird. I found out some birds have long noses. It is to get nectar or peck at trees. If birds have small beaks it is for putting them in fish or other things such as grinding nuts. A fat but kind of small beak would be to eat worms from the bottom of the river. A big pointy nose would be used for spearing fish.
At the station with the plants I learned the most because we learned how seeds travel.
At Santosh I liked the skulls. I learned that all animals have different sights. I also learned you can tell how old it is.
by Kyle A.
What I liked about Santosh and learned the most was the plants. Down below I will list what I learned. 1) That plants leave their parent when they get older. 2) Plants have protection. 3) Some hurt you.