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The educational workshops for children are oriented around a presentation of living animals of exceptional beauty and which are on the brink of extinction. The animals are sheltered in large aviary spaces and cages which guarantee their comfort and the pleasure of visitors.

To enable the public to discover the lives of these animals, information panels are installed near each aviary space. These panels provide educational inofrmation on their origins, their feeding habits, the threats endangering the animals as well as the actions put in place by the CAVEX.

Nests workshop

“Nests” workshop

Duration : between 25 minutes and 40 minutes (depending on the audience age) /  40 minutes for the general public

Aims :

  • Knowledge of the roles of nests and the nest-egg relationship (camouflage)
  • Understand the construction of a nest : the material used and the technique,  the location
  • Entertaining manipulation and application tutorial : reconstitution of a nest with the provided materials
  • Working in small groups
  • Raise awareness for the respect of animal life and its natural habitat

Performance :

  • Observation / presentation of different nests (natural and artificial / of local and exotic species )
  • Questions / answers on the materials used, the living habits of the birds according to their nests, nesting strategies
  • Construction of a nest by a small group (2-3 children)

Materials :

  • Artificial nests (several nests of parakeets, flamingo, chickadees)
  • Natural or reconstituted nests (weaverbird, moorhen, sunbittern, paradise crane, crowned crane, serpentaire, …)
  • Eggs of different colors to illustrate camouflage
  • Material to construct a natural-type nest (sand, earth, branches…)/ cagou nests, red-breasted goose, oystercatcher birds)

Extended time :

  • Nest-Egg relationship
  • The benefits of having a nest in a garden
  • Showing causes of nests destruction which obstacle nesting and survival of the species (in our immediate surrounding as well)

Extinction workshop

“Extinction” workshop

Duration : between 30 minutes and 40 minutes (depending on the audience age) /  40 minutes for the general public

Aims :

  • Understand the different causes of extinction -of species from different environment
  • Species discovery (from Amazonia, Australia and european marine species)
  •  Knowledge :
    • Food chain and accumulation of polluting products in organisms
    • Inter-species relationships
    • existence of endangered species /extinct in France

Performance :

  • The history of wombat introduction in Australia. Story-telling + questions/answers
  • Marine life pollution. Explanation of the food chain and accumulation of polluting products
  • Amazonian forest , animal extinction due to gold-mining, forests fires and deforestation : decrease in number of animals with the destruction of their habitat (nutrition, nest, protection) and territory fragmentation
  • Discussion/ question-answer on the immediate environment (eco-citizenship, consumption, actions for protection

Materials :

Three interactive panels :

  • The Wombat in Australia
  • The marine life and the DDT
  • The Amazonian forest
    • Birds bands
    • Images on illegal animal trafficking

Extended time :

  • Daily : The dangers of introducing exotic species in the nature and particularly pet animals (Florida tortoise…)
  • Introduction to ecocitizenship and thinking on our consumption (buying furniture made of exotic wood, buying exotic pet animals…

Atelier Oeufs et poussins

“Eggs & Chicks” workshop

Duration : between 30 minutes and 40 minutes (depending on the audience age) /  40 minutes for the general public

Aims :

  • Valorisation of the diversity of eggs (size, color, texture of the shell) and focus on the reason of the color of the egg
  • Knowing the procedures of incubation
  • Understand the development of the chick in the egg
  • Diversity of reproduction strategies (nidifugous and nest rearing/altricial)

  • Understand the camouflage of chicks (different colored down)

Performance :

  • Observation of eggs (questions/ answers)
  • Presentation of the incubator
  • Presentation panels with images of nidifugous and altricial birds
  • Presentation of the young birds camouflage

Materials :

  • Eggs of different species (from different geographic regions)
  • Incubator
  • 3 panels
  • Photos

Extended time :

  • 4 Particular cases :
    • The Hoatzin (the chick has claws on its wings) from the Amazonia
    • The Flamingo (nidifugous reared by its parents)
    • The European Cuckoo (parasite)

Adaptation workshop

“Adaptation” workshop

Durée : between 30 minutes and 40 minutes (depending on the audience age) /  40 minutes for the general public

Aims :

  • Knowledge of adaptation examples
  • Understand the functionning of the adaptation phenomenon
  • Introduction to the natural selection process, adaptation to the natural environment and food
  • Understand that the species are in constant evolution

Extended time :

  • Games on the beaks/food, notes to be placed on the 2 panels
  • Adaptation panels on birds, questions-answers+explanations
  • Adaptation panels on monkeys, questions-answers+explanations
  • Adaptation panels on fish, questions-answers+explanations

Materials :

  • 2 panels « Game : show me your beak, and i will tell you what you eat » (Beaks of different species from all over the world including Europe)
  • 3 adaptation panels
  • Photos

Extended time :

  • Functionning of the adaptation phenomenon of species
  • Adaptation/extinction relation of species (extinction after a rapid change of the environment)
  • Development of other adaptations (other species)
  • Adaptation-system relationship

Feathers workshop

“Feathers” workshop

Duration : between 30 minutes and 40 minutes /  40 for the general public

Aims :

  • Discover different types of feathers and their roles
  • Brainstorming game with questions/answers
  • Learn key points in an amusing way
  • Discover feathers by touching them

Performance :

  • As a first step, visiting the working premises and information by looking at the information panels installed on the aviary cages
  • Creating 3 teams
  • Questions/answers game on feathers
  • Complementary explanations and use touch in a basket

Materials :

  • Information panels on their roles, and different types of feathers
  • Question/answer games based on snakes and ladders game
  • Basket composed of feathers and downs, with feathers stands

Extended time :

  • Flight adaptation
  • Use of feathers by man
  • Camouflage and parade

Atelier Histoire du Cagou

“History of Cagou” workshop

Duration : 20 to 30 minutes and coloring for 15 minutes

Age : small nursery children to older ones

Aims : Raise awareness on the dangers of releasing animals in the nature

Performance :

  • Listening the history and watch the effigies
  • Think on how to release the Cagou
  • End of the history
  • Touching the Cagou feathers

Materials :

  • Effigies representing historical figures
  • Eggs/ feathers of cagous
  • Photo of baby cagous
  • Coloring of historical figures

Extended :

  • Problems of endemic species
  • Consequences of introducing exogenous species in the nature

 

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