Story Hour number two featured guest speaker, Pam Martin from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. 54 kids showed up, and they were greeted by two adorable 3-month-old black-tailed prairie dogs, one salamander, one box turtle, one toad, some rattlesnake rattles (snakes not included!), and a cuddly black- footed ferret (puppet!).
We learned about the many, many animals that rely on prairie dog towns and how animals such as the black-footed ferret have been brought back from near extinction, as prairie dog numbers have declined over the years. We also listened to recordings of prairie dog language… those distinct yips are not all the same!!!
Then, in order for kids to ‘earn’ their snacks, everyone had to ‘burrow’ through a piece of standard typing paper without tearing it. Each child had to ‘burrow into’ (cut) the paper in a special way to make it possible.
See you next week! Keep Digging Into READING!