Three ambassador animals-a bird, a mammal, and a reptile-are presented in this program. Each species was or is currently listed as endangered. Participants will learn the reasons why, including the impact human activity had on each species, and the niche each animal fills in its ecosystem. This program is approximately 30 minutes in length.
Animals of the Night
Bird, mammal, and reptile adaptations for nocturnal survival are featured in this program. Participants will meet a minimum of three ambassador animals, learn the niche each animal fills, and the “night-life” adaptations of each. This program is approximately 30 minutes in length.
Yikes!! This program includes at least three ambassador animals from the education department. Participants will learn about the niche each animal fills and species adaptations for survival that some people may find downright creepy! This program is approximately 30 minutes in length.
The eternal question: What is the difference between a tortoise and a turtle? At least three shelled ambassador animals from the education department will slow down long enough to answer that question, plus they will demonstrate some of their adaptations for survival. Participants will learn more fun facts about Testudines’ characteristics and the niche each animal fills. This program is approximately 30 minutes in length.
Meet at leasssst three snake ambassador animals in this program. Participants will learn about the survival adaptations of our slithery friends, fun facts, and the niche of each. This program is approximately 30 minutes in length.
Bird of Prey Program Topics
Each program focuses on the importance of these birds in a healthy ecosystem.
Owls of Missouri
The four resident owls of Missouri will be presented (screech owl, barn owl, barred owl, and great-horned owl). Specific adaptations for nocturnal raptors’ survival will be presented. Approximately 50 minutes in length.
Less common than the red-tailed hawk, but extremely interesting, are the Swainson’s Hawk and Broad-winged Hawk. These hawks actually migrate to Central and South America each year. The bird frequently called a “sparrow hawk” in the Ozarks is not actually a hawk at all; it’s a falcon! Students will see the American Kestrel to be able to identify them in the wild and become familiar with their vocalization. Approximately 30 minutes in length.
Day Shift, Night Shift, and Garbage Gal
Compare and contrast diurnal and nocturnal raptors. And, even though the turkey vulture eats meat, compare and contrast the adaptations of the turkey vulture to other raptors. Approximately 40 minutes in length.
Built for Flight
This program will feature the peregrine falcon, the world’s fastest bird species. Learn adaptations that help the peregrine falcon survive at speeds of over 200 mph. You will also see a non-flighted bird to compare and contrast feathers used for flight. Find out how some birds fly without sound or can hover. Biofacts will be used to infer why some birds do not fly or do not fly well. Approximately 40 minutes in length.
Eagles of North America
This program will feature our National Symbol, the bald eagle and the golden eagle. Find out what factors contributed to the demise of the bald eagle population and what conservation efforts worked to remove the bald eagle from the endangered species list. We will also compare and contrast the bald eagle with the golden eagle. Specific characteristics will help to determine the difference between a juvenile bald eagle and the mature golden eagle. Approximately 50 minutes in length.
This program will feature our National Symbol, the bald eagle. Find out what factors contributed to the demise of the bald eagle population and what conservation efforts worked to remove the bald eagle from the endangered species list. Approximately 40 minutes in length.
What man-made invention is currently is affecting the population of Golden Eagles in North America? Learn more about the second species of eagle found on the North American continent. Approximately 30 minutes in length.