Month: May 2020

Birding Part 5: Adaptations of Birds

  Birds are an amazing example of adaptations. Each bird has unique features that help it survive in a specific habitat. Some of the birds at Potter Park Zoo have adaptations that help them find and catch food, explore their environment, and do amazing acrobatic feats.   By looking at a bird’s beak and feet […]

Activity: What is the Water Cycle?

  Water is essential for all living things. Earth’s supply of water is finite – the total amount of water on our planet never changes. What does change is where the water is and what state it is in (solid, liquid, or gas). The water cycle is a description of how water moves and changes […]

Birding Part 4: Become a Citizen Scientist!

  Because birds are everywhere, it can be helpful for scientists to use birdwatchers as their eyes and ears in the field. There are many projects amateur birders can get involved in. Some of the most common ones are bird counts, nest reporting, and just reporting when you see a rarely seen species. Potter Park […]

Potter Park Zoo Park Closed Due to Flooding

The Potter Park Zoo park will be closed to the public Wednesday, May 20, 2020 due to flooding over both entrance drives. The closure will continue until the water recedes and the entrance and exit drives are clear. Essential zoo staff are able to enter the zoo and care for the animals through an emergency entrance […]

Birding Part 3: Benefits of Bird Watching

    Many birders report that birdwatching for them is almost like meditating. Studies show that it helps us improve our patience and skills of observation. Time in nature can improve stress hormones, attention, and can even have a positive impact on our blood pressure and pulse. Check out these articles about the benefits of […]

River Otter Pup Name Announcment!

Potter Park Zoo’s male North American river otter pups were named Mack (short for Mackinac) and Potter in a naming contest held last week, which allowed the public to vote for their favorite name through a $5 donation. Mack received 398 votes and Potter received 221 votes. “We are humbled by the community’s generosity through […]

Why choose native plants for your garden and yard?

      More than 1/3 of the global food supply depends on pollinators!   The food we eat and even some of the clothes we wear depend on pollinators at some point in their production. Utilizing Michigan native plants provides for the needs of native species of pollinators better than non-native plant species – […]

Birding Part 2: Who Will You See?

  Some of these birds stay all year round, some are only here for a season, and others are only traveling through the state on their way to somewhere else.   Year Round Michigan Residents Northern Cardinal Cardinals are commonly found in suburban areas and are frequent visitors to bird feeders.       Mourning […]