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SPRING AND SUMMER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PROGRAMS

SPRING AND SUMMER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PROGRAMS

Two groups of kids from the Kirkland Boys & Girls Club came on field trips to the park this year, May 27th and July 23rd. Interpretive Specialist Alysa Adams engaged the kids on nature walks with tales of mice running into Douglas fir cones during a great fire, talked about conks on trees, and showed pictures of the elaborate burrows of the seldom seen Mountain Beaver, which have a bedroom, an eating room, and a bathroom. No kidding.

After the walk on July 23rd, the kids had lunch in the picnic area then Alysa did show and tell with mounted Red-tailed Hawk and Northern Saw-whet Owl, woodpecker and owl skulls, and other fun artifacts for the kids to touch and discuss. A big highlight was when one of the kids found aphids and ants on an elderberry, and board president Jim Erckmann explained that the ants were “tending” the aphids. The aphids were sucking juices from the plant then excreting drops of sugar water, which the ants were harvesting. In return for the food, the ants were defending the aphids from other insect predators. Symbiosis!