Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wonder Bugs - Bear-ly Breathing!

Dear Wonder Bugs,

What a beary good time we had this week!

Black bears are the only bears found in Wisconsin. Click here to see the distribution map again and also read more about black bears. Show your Wonder Bug places on the map where you have been.  Have you been in bear country? 

We had to catch our breath after “climbing a tree” to safety while out on a bear trek.  We followed some tracks to lots of yummy food sources. Did you know that although black bears do sometimes eat meat, they mostly devour berries, plants, nuts and some insects? A favorite treat is honey! Bees included.

After all that eating we sure were fat and ready for winter so we found a nice place to dig a den and sleep. While we were huddled together in the den we listened to sounds of baby bears.  Their cries sound like baby humans!  Click here to listen to the sounds again.  Scroll about halfway down the page until you see four blue tabs and the sentence “these are the sounds of baby black bears in the winter den.” You can also listen to other black bear noises.

Check out these den-tastic books about winter napping! Don't Wake Up the Bear by Marjorie Dennis Murray and Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming.

It was beary good to see you! (if you have any pictures you would like to share, please email me! Thank you!)

High five (since bears have five toes, too),

Miss Tara

Join us for these upcoming 
Package price for all 6 Winter Wonder Bugs sessions (choose Tuesdays or Wednesdays)ALNC Members: $33/child; Non-Members: $39/child
(When registering on-line list "Winter Session" as event/program name and and "Tuesday" or "Wednesday" as the date)Prices for Wonder Bugs for all individual sessions:
ALNC Members: $6/child; Non-members: $7/child

Tuesday, January 24 & Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2012

"Wood" you believe that the groundhog is “chuck” full of surprises? "Wood" you come down for songs, crafts, and a chuck-load of fun? I hope to see your shadow while we learn about all things groundhog.

Tuesday, February 14 & Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2012
While the snow is stacking! Discover what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoe (prints). Practice counting the toes- they always knows- and you’ll be able to guess the animal who walked there since.

Tuesday, February 28 & Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 25, 2012

For birds of prey, this is a delicacy in the winter! Explore the predatory world of raptors in winter. Songs and games are sure to keep you roasty toasty.