Virtual coyote Children’s Hour available

Virtual coyote Children’s Hour availableMATURANGO MUSEUM — Coyotes will be the stars in our next Children’s Hour video. Mark Pahuta is filming the docents reading a couple of stories on coyotes and a poem by Dan Burnett. Also featured is Judy Breitenstein giving the natural history presentation about coyotes. No big surprise will be the docent chorus with action songs such as “If You’re a Coyote and You Know It, Give a Howl.” We plan to have our coyote-themed Children’s Hour ready by November. Thank you to Charlotte Goodson, our leader, who has kept excellent records of all our past scripts and uses these to determine what we will do! Thanks also to Dan Burnett who creates poetry and helps to find photos. Another special for this Children’s Hour is the illustrations Bob Parker has designed to accompany the coyote Native American legend that Sue Parker is reading.

Young children and their families are invited to enjoy an approximately half-hour video program of stories and action-packed activities. They will meet the puppet, Wiley Coyote, that Native American trickster as well as bringer of gifts to humans. Imaginations are sure to be stirred while Miss Judy shares photos of coyote puppies and close-up views of mounted coyotes from the docents’ collection.

For viewing this video in your home in early November, please request the URL link from the Education Coordinator, Nora Nuckles, at

The first Children’s Hour video “Hoot Like An Owl” might also be obtained.

Our beautiful coyote specimen was in for repairs. Its ear had become very loose and needed to be glued. The tape came off later!

We had our first docent meeting since March. Masked docents met in the garden with our lawn chairs socially distanced. We actually recognized each other and talked a little business. Our new officers are: President- Bev Hill; Vice-President- Cam Alden; Secretary- Sharon Robesky-Oldfield; Treasurer- Paula Herr.

On Nov. 14, Glenn Harris will present “Rocks” for the Second Saturday presentation; this docent-led activity will also be a safe, outside activity.

We continue to look for ways to share the wonderful expertise and the marvelous materials hidden away in our docent room.

Pictured: An artistic rendering of a coyote in the desert, as found at Maturango Museum.

Story First Published: 2020-10-30