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Learn Nature and Party Animals Learn Nature brings hands-on animal programs to you...and our page keeps you updated with the goings-on of all our critters.
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CLASSROOM, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, EVENTS! If you are a teacher or have an event that calls for something educational as well as entertaining contact Learn Nature. We can present a wide range of ecology and wildlife based programs and every one features live animals. If your having an event that needs a little pick up, how about some really cool animals to spice it up! Kids love animals, so do an animal themed birthday party. Be sure to visit the website "learnnature.net" for all the details and more fun information. I am a Texas Certified Master Naturalist, Certified Native Plant Landscaper, former Staff Naturalist at the Witte Museum, rescuer for Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, facilitator for Texas Parks and Wildlife, and certified Texas teacher.

Mission: The mission: Entertain and educate children and adults about the wonders of the natural world, especially the critters of Texas - and it has to be fun!

Family portrait.
06/04/2020

Family portrait.

I'm afraid it's going to be quite a long time before we can get back to getting kids and critters together. We (even Rac...
05/03/2020

I'm afraid it's going to be quite a long time before we can get back to getting kids and critters together. We (even Racket the snake) miss the kids and the fun.

Albino Diamondback rattlesnake. Can your appreciation of beauty overcome your fear?
04/05/2020

Albino Diamondback rattlesnake. Can your appreciation of beauty overcome your fear?

A little snake beauty
03/23/2020

A little snake beauty

Animal Matters
03/09/2020

Animal Matters

“Speciesism — like racism and sexism — is a form of what I call ‘meism’ — the more like me you are, the more empathy I will have for you and the more I will be concerned about your welfare. Is that a good basis for deciding whom to help? Shouldn’t we be focusing on those most in need — those suffering the most — regardless of who and what they are?” – Gordon Ellis

What You Can Do to Help Animals http://www.animalmatters.org/what-you-can-do/

Good information from a reliable source.
03/06/2020
Texas Snakes Are On The Move

Good information from a reliable source.

Warmer temperatures mean Texas snakes are out again, and some snakebites have already been reported. Two Texas A&M veterinary experts have tips to keep you and your pets safe.

We had a terrific time yesterday at Pop Con at the San Antonio Central Library. Lots of nice people and some wonderful v...
03/01/2020

We had a terrific time yesterday at Pop Con at the San Antonio Central Library. Lots of nice people and some wonderful volunteers. Let us bring these critters to your party! 210-410-4565

Yes, it's a mammal, a pangolin. There are several subspecies ranging from 3.5 pounds to almost 75 pounds and they're fou...
02/09/2020

Yes, it's a mammal, a pangolin. There are several subspecies ranging from 3.5 pounds to almost 75 pounds and they're found in Asia and Africa. Even though they are a protected species, poaching is rampant because of, you guessed it, Chinese medicine. They may be an intermediate species in the transfer of the Corona virus to humans. It looks like an anteater covered with artichoke petals.

This is Ryan, one of our most popular critters. He's about to become a daddy again.
01/27/2020

This is Ryan, one of our most popular critters. He's about to become a daddy again.

If you should see a white cockroach don't think you've discovered a new species. It's only a roach that has just shed. T...
01/27/2020

If you should see a white cockroach don't think you've discovered a new species. It's only a roach that has just shed. The white turns brown rather quickly.

Our two monarchs are doing well so far.
01/11/2020

Our two monarchs are doing well so far.

We found this monarch caterpillar yesterday that evidently can't read a calendar. It's here in San Antonio and was getti...
01/09/2020

We found this monarch caterpillar yesterday that evidently can't read a calendar. It's here in San Antonio and was getting ready to make a chrysalis. Sure enough, during the day it happened. We've have it safe from the weather and we'll keep you posted on the progress. While the majority of monarchs are in Mexico now, sometimes this happens.

The new kid in the Learn Nature crew! This is Tessa, the baby rat. She is going to start training to take Sarah's place,...
12/27/2019

The new kid in the Learn Nature crew! This is Tessa, the baby rat. She is going to start training to take Sarah's place, since Sarah is getting ready to retire soon. I asked her for a comment but she's not talking.

And finally, some Christmas cockroaches.
12/22/2019

And finally, some Christmas cockroaches.

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ALBERT EINSTEIN SAID, ""IF THE BEES DISAPPEARED, HUMANS WOULD HAVE FOUR YEARS TO LIVE." There are about 800 native bee s...
11/24/2019

ALBERT EINSTEIN SAID, ""IF THE BEES DISAPPEARED, HUMANS WOULD HAVE FOUR YEARS TO LIVE." There are about 800 native bee species in Texas.

It's school science night season. If you know of any school that is having one please give them our information. This is...
11/08/2019

It's school science night season. If you know of any school that is having one please give them our information. This is from last night's adventure.

If you want to feed the ducks here's the right way :Corn (canned, frozen or fresh)Duck pellets (sold online and at pet s...
10/28/2019

If you want to feed the ducks here's the right way :

Corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
Duck pellets (sold online and at pet stores)
Lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces)
Frozen peas (defrosted)
Oats (rolled or instant)
Seeds (including birdseed or other varieties)

I love this ;https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://news.avclub.com/the-rats-are-just-driving-arou...
10/26/2019
The rats are just driving around in tiny little rat cars now

I love this ;
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://news.avclub.com/the-rats-are-just-driving-around-in-tiny-little-rat-car-1839325207&ved=0ahUKEwjKnOHup7rlAhVEMqwKHYedAQ4QxfQBCDIwAg&usg=AOvVaw32A6P11sDZ8ryr0J64t8sO

Rats are some of the most unfairly maligned creatures of the animal kingdom. Despite their funny little rat-hands and furry little rat-bodies, the poor rodents can’t seem to shake the reputation of being disease-bearing, wire-chewing harbingers of destruction.

Employee of the month (no, not the kid). This is Elvis the one eyed toad. He got his name because when he's "tickled" on...
10/12/2019

Employee of the month (no, not the kid). This is Elvis the one eyed toad. He got his name because when he's "tickled" on his back he sings. Not well, but, hey, he's a toad.

This is a very in depth article, but it's a subject that many people seem to be interested in. Dr. Green is probably the...
10/09/2019
Coralsnake Envenomations

This is a very in depth article, but it's a subject that many people seem to be interested in. Dr. Green is probably the foremost expert in Texas. https://wsed.org/coralsnake-envenomations/

When most of you think of snakebites, you think of pit viper envenomation (or possibly the alcoholic beverage, which contains equal parts cider and lager – I’d totally like that!), and I get that. Nationally, 98% of snake envenomations are from the various pit vipers (rattlesnakes, water moccasi...

Beautiful leucistic hawk close to Canyon Lake. Rare find. The original post is on Central Texas Snake ID page.
10/03/2019

Beautiful leucistic hawk close to Canyon Lake. Rare find. The original post is on Central Texas Snake ID page.

Personnel News:After a year of service Randolph is retiring from the Learn Nature crew and will have a fine life with Ki...
10/03/2019

Personnel News:
After a year of service Randolph is retiring from the Learn Nature crew and will have a fine life with Kim and Susan. His replacement is 7 week old Rip, who should finish training Friday.

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