Sunday, November 20, 2011

Georgia Southern University or GSU

About an hours drive west on I-16 took us to the city of Statesboro, home of Georgian Southern University, We started out at the visitors center to get our visitors parking pass which you have to have to park on campus. Our first stop was at the Wildlife Center where they have one of the best Raptor displays we've ever seen. They were just finishing up a Birds of Flight demonstration when we arrived so we only saw about 5 minutes of that before heading out on the nature walk. All the birds here are on display out in the woods along the trail, they are tethered in a natural environment.

Peregrine Falcon, the fastest flying bird in the world, can reach diving speeds of 200 MPH.

A barn owl, sleeping in the barn

Bald Eagle, all the bird here are unable to survive in the wild due to injuries.
 The claw of the Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

How did this little guy get in here, if I recall ,this was a Sparrow Hawk.

Owl with a nice home in a hollow tree.

All of these are out doors along the nature trail, during the summer if it gets to hot in the afternoon they move them indoors.

You gotta problem ?

After about an hour and a half we went over to the other side of the campus to the Botanical Gardens, not quite as impressive as the Wildlife center but a nice 45 minute walk around the gardens, it's getting lat in the year so I'm sure there will be a lot more blooms in the spring.

Remember these, they were using it for a slide show.

These looked like Sea Urchins

Just stuff we liked

The barn had a bunch of farming displays

One more stop while we're here and it's at the University's Museum. Here they have fossilized skeleton of a 78 millions year old Mosasaur, not exactly sure what it is but it's big. Twenty-three feet long it took the archeologist over eight years to uncover the skeleton and get it ready for display.

The Big Guy

A blue Nose Dolphin

Also there was a temporary exhibit “ Archeology of Camp Lawton “ this about the former Civil War Confederate prisoner of war camp, the school and student are conducting an archeological dig at this location in Jenkins County,

And that pretty much took up our day.  Now a week end of Football to relax with.

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