Posted in Adaptation, Animal Adaptations, animal facts, Animal Kingdom, animal mascots, animals, Arts, biodiversity, birds, birds of prey, Community Events, conservation, coyote language, coyotes, ecology, education, educational mascots, endangered species, Entertainment, foxes, Fun Animal Facts, learning, Mammals, owls, Raptor Research, raptors, talking mascots, Uncategorized

ROC Animal School Spring & Summer Outlook

Swift the Red Fox mascot

The spring and summer of 2018 will be a very productive period for us here at ROC Animal School. After a successful February, we are eager to keep the momentum going! Here’s what we’re up to!

New Programs in Development

We’ve been hard at work creating new educational content. Obviously, our goal is to spread knowledge and to be as involved in the community as possible. While some programs are ready to launch (see below), we have some others in the works that will be ready to go later this year. Currently in development are initiatives to educate people on wildlife native to our area (county and statewide), a program on being a pet parent/domestic animals, an in depth program on local nocturnal animals, as well as new bird of prey programs.

New Programs Launching

We are adding to our list of available programs! Here’s what’s ready to go!

  • Curious about “Coywolves?” – The Eastern Coyote: This program will be hosted by our talking coyote mascot, Dakota, and will focus on the amazing eastern coyote, sometimes referred to as the coywolf. This animal is has a mixture of coyote, wolf and dog DNA which makes it quite an adaptable creature with the ability to call both the countryside and urban areas home. Are you curious about coywolves?
  • Coyote Class: Coyotes are often dubbed the song dog because of their dynamic range of vocalizations. This incredible canine is one of the most adaptable animals of all time, expanding its range across much of North America and making itself right at home in cities as well as the wilderness. Do you have what it takes to live as a coyote? Our mascot, Dakota Coyote will get everyone howling along!
  • Animal Jams – Nature Rocks! Animals can make a lot of noise! Some animals are more musically inclined than others. Come learn about the songs of birds, coyotes, wolves, owls, insects and other wild animals!

And as always, we can create custom programs to fit your needs. Just let us know what you’re looking for!

Animal School: Out and About!

This year, we will be appearing regularly at the Pittsford Famers Market, showcasing new themes every month. This will give us a great chance to interact with more of you while allowing us to hopefully shed some light on what creatures might be living in your backyard and some local environmental issues you might not know about. Or, you can just pop by to learn some fun animal facts while shopping! We’ll have one of our talking mascots on hand at each appearance to give folks the chance to ask them questions about wildlife and maybe get a few selfies!

We will also be appearing at area libraries over the summer, as well as some area festivals. If you haven’t heard by now, we will be attending this year’s Rochester March for Science and Expo on April 14th. We’re really excited!

New Mascot Characters

We are slowly adding to our roster of educational talking mascots. Oslo the Owl just debuted at the annual Owl Moon event at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. We hope to have our lion and Dalmatian up and running by the fall as well. Skye the Eagle, who debuted in October, has been making several appearances alongside our friends from Braddock bay Raptor Research through the month of February.

Stay tuned for more updates as they come!

Until next time, stay wild!

Posted in Uncategorized

Updates, Updates, Updates!

By Katie Gill, @CaffeinatedKid

Welcome back, Wild Things!

We’re well into the new year, and Nick and I have been busy bees with Animal School.

First off, note that we have officially been operating as our own independent business, ROC Animal School, since January.

Second, to reflect that change, we have new fliers, complete with our new logo! Check it out, and share with anyone who may be interested in our programs. 2018 ROC Animal School Flier

We also have some fun events coming up, including our Vulpinology program (i.e. life as a fox) at the East Rochester Public Library at 11 a.m. on February 21, the second annual ROC March for Science Expo on April 14 at the Riverside Hotel from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a bunch of Easter Bunny gigs coming up! We do still have dates available if you are interested in having the Easter Bunny at your event, so contact Nick soon to make sure you get a spot.

As an added bonus, you can get a sneak peek at one of the things we’ll be handing out at the science expo: fun experiments to do with your pets. These are simple and safe experiments kids can do to help pique their interest in science and scientific inquiry. Fun Experiments to Do with Your Pets

Additionally, I will be making a vlog that gives my perspective about science and STEM education, including my thoughts and insight into why many girls lose interest in science by the time they reach secondary school.

Lastly, for fun, free, hands-on activities, I have uploaded copies of our fox mask and kestrel head coloring pages for you to print out and share with any kids or adults who love to color.

Animal School Kestrel Coloring Page

Easy Print Fox Mask

That’s everything I have cooking for now. Nick has been working on his coywolf presentation, which has been a big talking point with many people, lately.

Until next time: keep your wild side roarin’!