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Children learn about animal camouflage

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Updated: 2/15 7:08 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Some junior rangers in training spent their Saturday morning learning.

"I've learned that mostly all wildlife lives on the Trace," Saltillo resident Preston Cook said.

Natchez Trace Parkway guide, Amy Williams, showed them how animals use camouflage to survive.

"Hopefully they'll learn more about the wildlife on the parkway," Williams said. "Learn more about the habitat on the parkway and they'll learn more about how they can protect wildlife on the parkway."

Then she turned them loose to hide some of their own animal creations.

"One was like a snow cone and a owl mixed together," Tishomingo resident Daisy Calley said. 

Then they had to hide them out in the open, for Park Guide Williams to find, to see how well they camouflaged them.

Every child had a different spot.

"[I hid mine in] a bush, because my caterpillar was green and caterpillars stay in bushes," Cherokee, Alabama resident Ashley Shepherd said.

The children learned animals along the Trace use their colors, shapes and patterns to hide from predators.

The children said they had fun at the activity.

"We got to make stuff and pretty much art's my favorite thing," Cook said.

Williams said having Junior Ranger events makes a big impact on the children and the Natchez Trace.

"We want to get kids interested in the parkway, that way they will become the future stewards of the parkway," Williams said.

The Junior Ranger events are free and are designed for children ages 7-12, but all are welcome.

The events will be held every third Saturday of the month this year.
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