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Naturalist Visits TDLS

The highlight of the week was a visit with Ms. Bernadine, a naturalist from Mount Rainier Nature Center. She had crates full of interesting creatures. The children learned about insects by singing a song about all their body parts. Head, thorax, abdomen, eyes, mouth, antennae and 6 legs, all sung to the tune of Head Shoulders Knees and Toes. Madagascar, the hissing cockroaches, was a big hit with the children.  They also looked at an eastern hellbender salamander, an amphibian that started life in water, breathing like a fish, then morphed into a land animal that breathes air. Everyone had a chance to touch three reptiles, a leopard gecko, a python and a box turtle as well as a guinea pig named Chestnut. Please view photo gallery here.

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