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The Critter Camera – All Scavengers Invited

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The Critter Cam was setup by a group of middle-school age students during a Swamp Exploration-Wild About Wildlife program. The trail camera was positioned over the remains of a recently harvested and butchered white-tailed deer to catch the mix of scavengers that might take advantage of an easy winter treat and forest feast.

Within the first few days and nights the camera captured coyote, fox, red tail hawk, vulture, crow, red bellied woodpecker, blue jay and deer.

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Zoomy Discovery Station

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Using a Learning Resources Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope Camera my students and I have been capturing microscopic photographs of things found in nature for scientific investigations. We started by looking at butterfly wings and found the intricate patterns of scales to resemble shingles on a roof.

The Zoomy lends itself well to investigations and inquiry and operates with ease-even for a young child.  The students next thought to look at a piece of snake skin we had on a touch table and compared its resemblance to packaging bubbles and plastic wrap. We continued to find other things to examine including a monarch egg, caterpillar and 17 year cicada wing.

I look forward to continued use of the zoomy and want to see what other images the students can capture using the technology on their own.

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