Thursday, February 18, 2010

SotM Field Trip - Final Chapter at the Natural History Museum

Finishing up our trip to the Natural Sciences Museum in Raleigh, we went into the Living Conservatory.

This is a very warm, tropical room, filled with these beauties.

Sometimes if you hold still, they actually land on you. It's pretty cool.

Check this guy out. On the outside of his wings, he looks like this.

And on the inside....

There were just a few other residents in there, that were not winged and colorful. This is one...

And you can't really see this one, but this would be Sid the Sloth. Okay, maybe his name isn't Sid....but he is a sloth! And he's a bit anti-social.

This finishes up our trip through the Natural Science Museum.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spur of the Moment Field Trip - Part 4 - the Naturalist Center

Continuing on through our field trip at the Natural Sciences Museum, on the fourth floor there is this really neat place for the older crew (ages 8 and up.)

It is called the Naturalist Center.

It is a very hands-on room.

With specimens galore!

Look at all the cephalopods! We have one of these at home.

Some of the specimens are just skins, some are stuffed, and there are lots in jars, like this bat.

I thought these were so cool! Inspiration for my daughter's upcoming biology labs, hehehe!

My boys, ever the outdoorsmen, were of course drawn to things like these.

and those.

The back wall of the Naturalist Center, is lined with these kinds of displays.

Just beautiful!

Look at the variety!

The cool thing about this room, is that if it isn't sealed in a case or a jar, you can take it out and hold it, and appreciate it.

Check out this wolf's paw. That is MY hand that is swallowed up by it.

Its head.


There is so much to look at in there.

and yes....more to come.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spur of the Moment Field Trip - Part 3 - the "petting zoo"

On the third floor of the museum, there is this cool little room. Granted, it is more for the younger crowd, but we enjoyed sitting through the demonstration as well.

Meet Sunny - she is holding a pretty white dove from Africa.

Isn't it pretty?

Sunny was so nice to hold the animals for me and let me snap pictures.

Check out this adorable little fellow.

How about this fat-tailed Gecko. I am not even going to say anything about these.

Other than the fact that I did NOT pet them.

Now we couldn't pet these ones....and some of them we wouldn't want to.....but they were right outside the "Windows of the World" room.

Now this guy wasn't so bad. We used to see these all the time when we lived in the farmhouse. I know some people really don't like snakes, but this is one of the good guys. He will help keep the mice away.
See how nice he looks? He's practically smiling!

more to come...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Spur of the Moment Field Trip - Part 2

As we continued our way on through the museum, we came into the "Dino" area.

D is for Dinosaur.

It is also for Drama.

and Duck-billed

and Diving.

This is one mighty big sloth.

Sid! You've been eating your vegetables!

Oh my. D is for Dentist.

And the last Dino of the day....the Acrocanthosaurus.

More to come....