Posts Tagged: herpetology

Lizards and Pythons and Birds, Oh my! Spring is in the Air at Pathfinder.

Ball Python Gwar at Pathfinder Ranch

Hello Friends,

We’ve been having an incredible time at Pathfinder Ranch!  With our 7 inches of snow, some students created some snow herps (like snowmen but in the shapes of turtles, lizards, and other reptiles/amphibians) before meeting our very own reptiles in the Nature Center!  Here is one of our ball python friends, Gwar, and Dandelion.  Some snakes have special organs called heat pits along their lips to sense body heat.  Gwar uses his heat pits to hunt his warm-blooded (endothermic) prey, which are usually rats.

If you’re interested in learning more about reptiles like Gwar you can ask your family to subscribe to Reptile Times’ FREE online magazine!  Fun facts about Reptiles will be sent to your parent/guardian’s email.  Check out their webpage: www.TheReptileTimes.com

woodpecker

Birds Galore!  We’ve been hearing some acorn woodpeckers pecking away at our tall jeffrey pine trees (they are the ones that smell like butterscotch or chocolate!).  One of our new naturalists, Hummingbird, snapped a great photo of one in the forest.

Spring is in the air, two male western bluebirds have been fighting over a female by the climbing wall lately.  They are beautiful blue-colored birds that hop from the ground to low perches.  We will have to start looking out for nests!

Not only is spring in the air, but summer is looming on the horizon. Do you have summer plans? Check out our Summer Camp!  There are still openings from July 22 to August 17, 2013.  Summer Camp is only $325 per student for the whole week of hiking, canoeing, yummy food, sleeping in cabins, and having a blast with friends, new and old!

Call to sign up or find out more details:  951.659.2455