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 spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) lives in marshy meadows, swamps and ponds in Michigan, Ohio and Southern Ontario, as well as along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. It is listed as threatened in Michigan due to habitat loss, as well as capture for the pet trade. The spotted turtle will grow to about 3.5-5 inches in length and live at least 25 years. They have dark shells with a sprinkling of yellow spots on the upper shell. The number of these spots varies, but generally increases with age. This coloring helps camouflage the turtle in its murky pond water habitat (bright spots on a dark shell look very similar to sunlight sparkling off flecks of dirt in a pond).
SUMMER NATURE CAMP
Belle Isle Nature Zoo’s Summer Nature Camp returns in 2014 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.
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