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Guys, I’m so excited that I’m just going to come out and say it: This month, Hands-on-Habitat is all about DUCKS!

That’s right, you read correctly. The cuddliest, cutest waterfowl on the planet will have their day on May 19th here at Fontenelle Forest, and I want YOU and your preschool-age kiddos to join me on this fun morning.

Why celebrate ducks?

For starters, they make so many appearances in children's literature that they are easily recognizable to kids. If you're out biking around a lake or playing at a park with any sort of water, there's an excellent chance you'll encounter some ducks and your child will be able to identify them as such. Naming animal species and learning their habitats by repeated encounters is hugely empowering for kids, and boosts their love for the natural world as well as their environmental literacy.

And if you still need convincing, how about the fact that they have species names like "Bufflehead," or that the Long-tailed Duck can dive 200 feet underwater to forage for food on the bottoms of lakes and ponds? There are many species of duck that spend the warm (and winter) months here in Omaha, and they definitely bring the intrigue factor with them as they migrate through the area.

Learn more and register for May 19th’s Hands-on-Habitat at! I hope you’ll make plans to join us.

Lindsay Cooley

from Fontenelle Forest

Lindsay is an environmental educator at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue. She was born and raised in Omaha, and is happy to be back after spending the past four years interning and working at various nature centers around the country. Lindsay has a background in environmental science, and is passionate about cultivating a love of the natural world in children and adults alike. When she's not cutting out craft materials or taking kids on hikes, Lindsay loves birdi ...

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