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  1. Whitefish

    Discover the important use these fish have had as food for early American settlers. The Common Whitefish remains as one of the most important food fishes of the internal waters of North America. Learn More
  2. Fossil Lake

    Some of the best examples of life during the Tertiary Period come from one extraordinary site in southwestern Wyoming called Fossil Lake. Although Fossil Lake has a cold, snowy climate today, its fossils offer us an unusual snapshot of a community of organisms that lived in a tropical lake 50 million years ago. Touch fossil fishes, insects, and the earliest known bat fossil cast. Learn More
  3. Large-mouthed Black Bass

    As you observe this bottom-dweller, you will see where the Black Bass gets its name, from its large mouth and dark color. Weighing about six pounds, this freshwater sunfish makes a good game fish. Learn More
  4. Shark

    Take a dip in the cool waters off southern California and you might come across one of these sharks. The Hammerhead is just one member of the group Chondrichthyes, all of whom have jaws, paired fins, paired nostrils and a skeleton made of cartilage in common. Learn More
  5. Eel

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    Investigate the curious history and mysterious migratory habits of the Eel. Scientists have long wondered about this fish, whose long, snake-like form is shown here. Learn More
  6. Life Along the Nile

    The Nile River was a source of water and life for the Ancient Egyptians. Examine a fishing net, papyrus paper, and other objects in this box to identify common themes of life along the Nile. Learn to operate a model of a shaduf, an ancient water-lifting device still in use today. Then, hold a debate about whether life in Ancient Egypt could have existed without the Nile River. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  7. Animal Habitats: Pond

    Animals live where they can find resources to meet their needs for food, water, shelter, and reproduction. These places are called habitats. Animals that share the same habitat often interact with and depend on other plant and animal species in the habitat. Use the contents of this box to make connections between animals and a pond habitat through dramatic play with pond puppets and contrast real specimens of dragonflies, beaver pelts, bluegills, and turtle shells. Learn More
  8. Mackerel

    Try and keep pace with this fish designed for speed. In order to outrun natural enemies like sharks, tuna, and swordfish, the Mackerel's streamlined anatomy is its only line of defense. Learn More
  9. Wall-eyed Pike (2)

    You will find this fish only in the deep lakes of the Midwest. The Wall-eyed Pike is only a close relative of the Pike family. It is an important food for humans. Learn More
  10. Yellow Bass

    Catch a glimpse of this quickly disappearing resident of the lakes of the Mississippi River valley. Today the Yellow Bass, like other common food fish, is a rare sight. Learn More

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