February 24, 2023

Nature Week Morning Interview (2-24-2023)

by Chompers

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Join us for the first ever Chompers FIELD TRIP where we interview a PARK RANGER!

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>> Rachel: Good morning. It's time for chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show. Today our friend Jasmine is here with a special interview. Jasmine, take it away!

>> Jasmine: Thanks! Start brushing on the top of your mouth on one side, and make little circles with your brush around each tooth. 

>> Kids: 3, 2, 1, brush!

>> Jasmine: Its nature week, so we took a field trip out to a national park in NEW YORK CITY to talk to someone  who spends all day in nature, a park ranger. 

>> RICK: My name is Rick Jenkins and I'm a park ranger. Today we are going to explore the West pond of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. We're going to go on a nature walk and we're going to show you some of the wildlife here that is right here in New York City. So yeah should we start heading down the trail? 

>> Jasmine: Switch your brushing to the other side of the top of your mouth, and make sure you get the molars all the way in the back

>> Jasmine: So what can we expect to see on our nature walk?

>> Rick: So we're going to see all sorts of great things we'll see a lot of plants and animals were most famous for our birds. we'll see some of those today.

>> Jasmine: Oh look a turtle! 

>> Rick: So we have a diamondback terrapin turtle crossing the trail right in front of us. This is the time of the year where the females come up from the bay and from the salt marsh and they lay their eggs 

>> Jasmine: Switch your brushing to the bottom of your mouth, and make sure you get your front teeth too.

>> Rick: So we can see one right now It looks to be a female the females are actually larger than the males and she's probably coming up to to lay some eggs.

>> Jasmine: So she's moving pretty quick. Will I scare her if I go up to her? I want to try to get the sound. 


>> Jasmine: She's like, scuttling along and moving her little legs back and forth. Switch to the other side of the bottom of your mouth. So how big does a diamondback turtle grow? 

>> Rick: The females can grow to be about nine inches. And the males are smaller there. They only grow to be about five inches long. //They are called Diamondback terrapins because they have a diamond pattern on their shell

>> Jasmine: That's it for today, but come back tonight for more of our nature walk, when we'll see a raptor, and some fresh poop from a mysterious animal on the trail. Until then, 3 2 1 spit.