‘Talented Fish’ with Lifestyles and St. John’s U

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Aspiring scholars from Lifestyles for the Disabled traveled to St. John University’s Staten Island campus to collaborate on projects that taught them about the “Mysteries of the Ocean.” At their final class, they take a few minutes to share what they learned about “The Talents of Fish” and other underwater creatures with Lifestyles videographer Meredith Arout.  Sannurha Vertus shares her talent for singing.

Winter Birds and Owl Pellets at Gateway

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On a mild Thursday (Jan. 26), members of the Lifestyles Media Department went to Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills for a program on birds. It was just after a nor’easter had hit the area, and Park Services Ranger Kathy Garofalo explained that the birds had deserted the feeders. So with some models and magazines, she introduced us to a number of winter birds and provided color pencils and clay to create our own. Then for those who wanted a little more scientific experience, she provided owl pellets to be dissected. We learned that owls eat rodents, moles, shrews and birds. They swallow their prey whole, but they cannot digest the bones and fur, so they cough it back up in a pellet. Yum!

Thanks Kathy,

We really enjoyed our visit to Gateway’s Education Field Center in Great Kills Park. We liked the location, seeing the harbor in the distance, and learning about owls and other birds.

We appreciated your expertise and knowledge and hospitality.

You educated us about things we didn’t know before.

Thanks for helping us feel like scientists, especially when we dissected the owl pellets and collected the bones of a shrew and other animals.

It was also fun to make clay birds and to learn animal facts.

Best Regards,

Lifestyles Media Department

Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Riki Garcia, Joseph Jones, Christopher Lazzaro, Greg Perosi and Eric Schwacke

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Ten Facts about Titanosaur from PBS Nature

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We learned about how to find fossils and about how the Titanosaur lived by watching Nature: Raising the Dinosaur Giant (Watch the trailer here, on Nature Online.), airing Wednesday, February 17, 8 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. We enjoyed it! It was very enriching.  Here are ten facts that we learned watching the program:

  1. Hearts of the largest Titanosaurs were about 6 feet tall and weighed about as much as three adult humans.
  1. By studying teeth the paleontologists were able to conclude Titanosaurs ate non-nutritious greens like conifers.
  1. Titanosaurs did not chew their food. They bit it off and swallowed pieces.
  1. The Titanosaur in the program lived in the Patagonia region of Argentina.
  1. 40 feet long, (the length of three school buses) the Titanosaurs had incredibly long and muscular necks and tails.
  1. Paleontologists use computers to animate how the Titanosaurs moved.
  1. Paleontologists use elephants’ anatomy to compare how Titanosaurs stood.
  1. Titanosaurs’ legs had more of an angle than that of elephants.
  1. Paleontologists used plaster and toilet paper to protect bones from weather conditions and to transport them safely.
  1. A major threat to the Titanosaur was the Tyrannotitan.

We would highly recommend this documentary! Hope you have a good time learning some facts about dinosaurs.

Nature Dinosaurs
Titanosaur, courtesy of PBS Nature.

-Written as a group, including Joseph Padalino, Gregory Perosi, Anthony DiFato and others with Megan Welch and Edward Gregory.