The Belle Isle Nature Zoo (BINZ) is located on Belle Isle Park.The park is considered one of the jewels of Detroit. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo sits on 5 acres of protected forest and wetland. The facility features indoor animal exhibits, a bird observation window, outdoor native butterfly garden, outdoor classrooms, and the Blue Heron Lagoon nature walk, and is home to thousands of honey-producing bees.
The mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) is the second-largest salamander in the western hemisphere and is considered an important part of Michigan's aquatic ecosystem. Unlike its amphibian cousins, the mudpuppy never forms air-breathing lungs, but rather relies on the bushy gills behind its head and its skin to breathe under water. The slimy salamander is typically brownish-gray with dark spots and a yellowish belly. A mature mudpuppy ranges in size from 8 to 15 inches.
SUMMER NATURE CAMP
Belle Isle Nature Zoo’s Summer Nature Camp returns in 2013 for another fun-filled summer. Campers are introduced to “the wilds of Michigan in the heart of Detroit” by having the chance to explore a beautiful natural ecosystem in the largest island city park in the country. Not only will they learn about the natural world around them but will have a chance to experience it firsthand.
For more information and to register click here.
NOAA B-Wet Grant - Urban Field Observations in Science
The Urban Field Observations in Science program is a grant funded program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education in Training (B-WET) program. Through this program, urban teachers throughout the Metro Detroit area will be able to receive training and hands-on experience with field monitoring techniques. These experiences will include mudpuppy surveying, water quality monitoring, the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program and bird observation experiences.
If you would like to learn more about this program and see what we are up to click here.