Quetzalcoatlus (at my feeder?)

quetzalcoatlus_northropi_01As I drank my coffee this morning, I watched the usual crowd of songbirds and squirrels visit my old maple tree and backyard feeders… an incredibly peaceful and pleasurable way to start the day. It occurred to me that, 100 million years ago, the activity outside my window would have been VERY different. Enter Quetzalcoatlus northropi, one of the largest, and meanest, pterosaurs.

quetzalcoatlus_northropi_npsThis flying dinosaur was almost as tall as a giraffe and had a wingspan as wide as a fighter jet. Thanks goodness they went extinct about 66 million years before I hung up my bird feeders! Learn more about pterosaurs at National Geographic’s online magazine!


Makers Making 

Our entire junior division is busy these days working hard on their Maker Projects. The Learning Commons is busting with collaboration, creativity, and innovation!

Make It and Get Outside!


Ray Bethell has got kite flying down to an art. He is a professional kite flyer who holds world records for flying multiple stunt kites. Watch him in action in this video:

Impressive!! Your turn now! With just a few common items, you can make your own kites and then head outside to practise your own stunt flying skills. Who knows?… maybe Ray had better watch out for you!! Use the Garbage Bag Kite link for instructions and get started!

Garbage Bag Kite