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Program Flyer: Calls from the Wild: Exploring Animal Communication

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Content Provider   Minnesota Zoo  2011-12 Honorable Mention, 2012-13, 2013-14
Contact Information   Galen Sjostrom
13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN  55124
United States
Phone: (952) 431-9522
Program Type   Individual Program
Program Rating      based on 32 evaluation(s).
Target Audience   Education: Grade(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Public Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants   60, but for optimum interactivity we recommend no more than 30 participants (particularly for younger audiences).
Minimum Number of Participants   No minimum
Primary Disciplines   Sciences, Technology/Information Science
Program Description   Have you ever heard a dog barking or a bird chirping and wondered what they were saying? Many researchers have wondered the same thing! This program explores some wilder examples of critter communication found in the animal kingdom— from familiar vocalizations to more exotic examples like bee dancing and chemical communication. Audience members will also try their hand (er... noses, actually) at some honest-to-goodness olfactory communication.

We’ll also look at some of the creative ways scientists have learned to crack the code of animal chatter in recent years, including how prairie dogs use “grammar” and how crow gossip can sometimes cause quite a headache for humans.
Program Format   •The program begins with a brief introduction to the Minnesota Zoo and its exhibit areas.
•Participants are introduced to the main categories of animal communication and discuss examples of cross-species communication.
•Participants receive a close look at a live, in-studio program animal (depending on availability)
•MN Zoo keepers recount some of their interesting experiences with animal communication via video.
•Participants test their own olfactory communication abilities during a "Smelly Signposts" activity.
•We explore examples of current research being done on animal communication.
•Time is allowed for questions and answers.
Objectives   •Students will be familiarized with the diversity of animals and their methods of communication through both well known and unfamiliar examples.

•Students will be exposed to contemporary real-world examples of scientific experimentation and analysis used to study animals.

•Students will engage with scientific methods by brainstorming their own animal communication experiments, as well as attempting to impersonate various animal calls.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns   NT.2-12.4 – Technology communication tools
NT.2-12.6 – Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools
NS.2-12.1 – Science as inquiry
NS.2-12.3 – Life science
NS.2-12.5 – Science and technology
NS.2-12.7 – Science as a human endeavor
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns   This program addresses the following Minnesota state science benchmarks: – Recognize that tools are used by people, including scientists and engineers, to gather information and solve problems. – Describe and sort animals into groups in many ways, according to their physical characteristics or behavior – Describe ways in which an animal’s habitat provides for its basic needs. – Provide evidence to support claims other than saying “everyone knows that”, or “I just know” and question such reasons when given by others. – Understand that everybody can use evidence to learn about the natural world, identify patterns in nature, and develop tools. – Compare how the different structures of plants and animals serve various functions of growth, survival, reproduction, and communication. – Identify common groups of plants and animals using observable physical characteristics, structures, and behaviors. – Explores how tools and mathematics help scientists and engineers see more, measure more accurately, and do things that they could not otherwise accomplish. – Describes how plant and animal structures and their functions provide an advantage for survival in a given system. – Explains what would happen to a system if one (or more) of its parts were changed. – Gives examples of beneficial and harmful human interaction with natural systems. – Explores the methods and goals of behavioral studies in animal communication in the context of traditional scientific inquiry. – Identifies a variety of populations and communities in an ecosystem and describes the relationships among the populations and communities in a stable ecosystem. – Compares and contrasts the roles of organisms with the following relationship: predator/prey – Describes ways that human activities can change the populations and communities in an ecosystem. - Uses logical reasoning and imagination to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions and models based on evidence. – Understands that scientific knowledge is always changing as new technologies and information enhance observations and analysis of data. - Recognizes that land and water use practices can affect natural processes and that natural processes interfere and interact with human systems.

----- grades 9-12 MN standards coming soon -----
Program Length   1 hour for all ages
By Request   This program is available by request ONLY
Date/Time Notes   This and other Minnesota Zoo Programs can generally be booked by request between 8:30am and 4:00pm (CMT) Monday through Friday. Please feel free to contact our program coordinator directly by phone or email to inquire after specific dates and times.
Program Cost   By Request Cost: $125.00
Program Fee Notes   Thanks to funding by the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, schools and other audiences within Minnesota can order programs at a discounted price of $85.

Additionally, any audience that books two programs at the same time can book a third for free (buy two get one free).
Cancellation Policy   Audiences that cancel a program with less than 24 hours notice may still be charged full price for the program.

If a program is canceled or interrupted due to unanticipated technical difficulties on either side of the connection, an effort will be made to reschedule at no additional charge.
Is recording allowed?   No
Program Delivery Mode(s)   Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Skype, iChat, FieldTripZoom, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Minimum Technology Specifications for sites connecting to this provider   To participate in our programs audience groups will need either an H.323 video system (Tandberg, Polycom, LifeSize, etc.) OR a compatible web video service (Vidyo, Cisco Jabber, etc.) and a way to bridge that service to connect over IP.

* NEW* If you do not have an H.323 system OR a subscription to a web-based video conferencing service but you have a high definition webcam and standard high-speed internet service, we can provide you with a one-time Cisco Jabber login and password free of charge.
Please note: We do NOT offer programs via Skype at present, but if you are already using Skype for video calls your computer likely already has everything it needs to work with Cisco Jabber too.

Test connections are required no less than four days prior to a scheduled program, and we ask that audiences plan to dial into our IP address.

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