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Did You Know? Ribbon Snake

The ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus) See a video of our ribbon snakes in this CBS-8 segment! The ribbon snake is a garter snake but with a longer tail, thinner body and narrower head. They have an adaptation so good it’s like a super power – and that’s why we’re featuring them in our SuperWild exhibit. The ribbon snake eats worms, slugs, minnows, insects, small mice,
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Eagle Scout Projects at the Living Coast

We love Eagle Scout projects at the Living Coast!   You might remember our article about Troop 801 solving a prickly situation with our Shaw’s Agave cactus. This time, Saul De Los Santos from Troop 1194 helped us build planter/barriers that are as beautiful as they are practical. This was Saul’s Eagle Scout Service Project, which is the culmination of a scout’s leadership training.
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Wild Heron at the Living Coast Discovery Center

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Delights Staff and Guests Alike Located as we are on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, there are hundreds of wild animals to be seen. And birds of a feather, flock together! In this case, it’s shorebirds. One such animal is a wild Night Heron that is in a particularly interesting stage of development. Molting is to birds as Middle School
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American Kestrel

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) Mariah, the female American Kestrel at the Living Coast, is one of the most popular birds on Raptor Row. She was rescued as a chick and brought to the Living Coast Discovery Center about a year later. Because of her early reliance on humans, Mariah cannot be returned to the wild so she helps our Education Department as an Animal
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Burrowing Owl Backpack

Living Coast Burrowing Owl Assists in Research Our Burrowing Owl, Blue, assisted in a research project recently. Researchers with San Diego Zoo Global plan to observe Burrowing Owls in the wild using satellite transponders but didn’t know how Burrowing Owls would react to wearing the device. Enter Blue, who wore the GPS device for four days — and even continued his duties as an
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