Greetings, friends! This is Jordan, reporting to you from the basement of BCM.
You all know that BCM has some wonderful live animals on display. You might not know, however, that we also have a reptile room in the basement, where several snakes, lizards, and other creatures bask in terrariums under their heat lamps and eat crickets, waiting for their turns to meet children during educational programs.
One of our reptile room friends is a female basilisk lizard named Bossy.
(photo source: Brian Stein / Flickr.com)
Recently, Bossy the basilisk laid eggs! Do you think we will have baby basilisks at BCM?
A handful of basilisk eggs
Nope – no baby basilisks! Since Bossy is a female lizard, she would need to mate with a male lizard to produce fertilized eggs – meaning eggs with baby lizards growing inside.
Since Bossy laid her eggs without a male mate, her eggs are unfertilized. This means there is no baby growing inside. Have you ever seen unfertilized eggs
Student artwork inspired from “The Bird of Imagining.”
Stating in March, visitors to our Library will be able to experience poetry, interactive sculptures, and festive banners developed by artists from The Touchstone Center for Children in the exhibit, Art Inspires Art: How Does a Bird Imagine? What Does a Tree Know? Celebrating 45 years in art education, The Touchstone Center was founded by poet and educator, Richard Lewis, and has resulted in numerous publications. These publications have gone on to inspire visual and theatrical arts education experiences in New York City schools.
Featuring two interactive sculptures, “A Tree Lives” and “The Bird of Imagining,” this exhibit helps children to explore poetry and art, and learn how one art form can inspire another. I sat down with Richard Lewis to learn more about The Touchstone Center for Children and his work in arts in education.
Marcos: How did the Touchstone Center come into being?
Richard: It came out of a lot of different needs on my end. I wanted to organize something that allowed me to collaborate
BCM is proud to announce our first BCM Studio Class: Animals, Anatomy, and Art!
Develop your sketching and drawing skills with exclusive access to BCM’s natural science collection. Through a series of four sessions, participants will strengthen their observation and sketching skills by exploring a variety of taxidermy, preserved insects, skulls, and live animals.
March 16, 23, 30& April 6
Sundays, 10—11 am; Ages 8—10
Class Fee: $85 ($70 for BCM Members); Materials included
Instructor: Justin Gabaldon
WEEK 1: GETTING IN SHAPE
Participants will explore how animals are comprised of basic shapes and practice a number of polygons (squares, triangles and more). Once students feel comfortable drawing these simple shapes, we will explore how to draw things in nature by breaking them down into simple shapes, using the taxidermy rabbit as our model.
WEEK 2: COMPLEX SHAPES AND COLOR
Participants will get up close and personal with a collection of live and mounted insects to learn more about shapes and color. After reviewing basic shapes, participants will begin to work on
Calling all engineers-in-training! Join us during February break for some hands-on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)—with a big emphasis on the “E” for engineering.
Read more on our Green Threads Blog
Fantasia, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s beloved Burmese python, is getting older. As the centerpiece of the Museum’s Live Animal Collection for fifteen years, Fantasia has entranced visitors with her majesty and beauty. Alongside the other 55 species in our Live Animal Collection, including Kirby the Bearded Dragon, Iggy the Green Iguana, and R2D2 the 60 year old Eastern Box Turtle, Fantasia has taught children of Brooklyn about invasive species and habitat conservation. Her presence has highlighted BCM’s role in the forefront of hands-on science education.
A much smaller Fantasia arrived at the Museum in 1998. Burmese pythons live to be about 15-20 years old in the wild and can live 20-25 years in captivity. Fantasia is now 20 years old and 23 feet long. For this next phase of her life, she needs more space and ongoing veterinary care. BCM is pleased to announce that, through a long term loan partnership, the Staten Island Zoo—one of the most respected institutions in the country in the field of reptile care and husbandry—has offered to provide Fantasia with a new home. Fantasia will become an important part of their