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Live Animals At Garvies Museum

It might have been Spring Break, but for a room full of children learning of a different sort took place on Thursday, March 28, when Dennis Fleury, director of Garvies’ sister museum Tackapausha, arrived with his wild collection of live animals, all native to Long Island.

The children got to observe and learn all about the American Kestrel, the Eastern Tiger Salamander, the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake, the Box Turtle, the Virginia Opossum, which Fleury explained is the most “misunderstood” animal on Long Island and finally, Long Island’s top predator, the Great Horned Owl. The children were able to come up to the stage to touch or hold several of the animals.

Fleury told the children that the best thing they can do is to pick just one thing in nature and learn all they can about it and if they do that, he said, “the more interesting the whole world will be.”

Both Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove and the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve in Seaford are part of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums.