Week of April 4, 2010

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What do carrion crows eat?
They eat seeds and berries 
They eat eggs from other bird nests  
They scavenge and eat live prey 

Which stage in the life cycle do butterflies not enter?

Who is the curator of the Kent State University Museum?
Anne Bissonnette
Ellen Bissonnette
Jane Bissonnette

Planet Protectors

honey beeIt is easy to be green once you visit the Horniman Museum's Nature Base, www.horniman.ac.uk/
naturebase. Check in at Visit Nature Base, where you can see what's new at the museum and get a good look at some amazing virtual exhibits. Lend a hand to your wild friends at Help Record Wildlife as you survey the animals you see in action and note their particular behavior patterns. Last but not least, Become a Nature Explorer will have you roaming the outside world as you search for plants, birds and minibeasts!

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Fly, Pretty Butterfly

butterflyLook up into the sky and meet the colorful and beautiful butterflies at Flying Jewels, http://library.
00891. From information on their life cycles to photos, there are swarms of butterfly facts waiting to take flight. Besides being pretty to look at, did you know that butterflies play a role in plant pollination? This site is dedicated to protecting butterflies so that they can continue on their mission. So share this link with other nature lovers who want to make a difference.

A Historical Look Book

clothing on a manequinBissonnette on Costume: A Visual Dictionary of Fashion welcomes the well-dressed and those just looking for a little inspiration at http://dept.kent.edu/museum/
. Click on Time Search to venture through different periods and check out popular looks, such as the stomacher of the 18th century or the more far-out fashions in the 1990s. If you are researching a particular garment, visit Subject Search, where you can find more information on popular children's wear from the past, accessories, menswear and more! (This site is no longer available.)

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Futuristic Food

The way we produce food has changed dramatically in the last century. Use of chemical pesticides and maximizing food production has led to problems with pollution and topsoil depletion. Now scientists are looking to future foods to help us deal with these problems and address other issues, such as world hunger. An important part of developing future food is making sure that it is sustainable. To learn what sustainable agriculture means, check out www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/Concept.htm.

Some of the future foods sound freaky right now, but they may become the norm in 50 years. In vitro meat, which is grown in labs, is one possible alternative to raising livestock. You can find out more at www.futurefood.org/
. Plants are being grown in labs, too. In Japan, indoor plant factories grow a variety of produce in a controlled environment that's designed to maximize growth. For a peek inside the plant factory, visit www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/sme_chiiki/plantfactory/about.html. The future looks tasty!


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