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      Kids learn about animal super senses

      About 20 pre-schoolers got to learn that they aren't the only ones with senses.

      Super Senses was the topic at the Knee High Naturalists learning session Monday morning.

      The session presented by the Missouri Department of Conservation taught the kids about how different animals use different senses.

      They learned how bats use sound by echo location in order to navigate and find food.

      They even got hands-on.

      "We were talking about the sense of touch so we had feeling bags where there is an item of nature inside the bag and the kids reach in and feel it to try to decide what's inside the bag," said Amanda Moore of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

      The kids discovered the items they touched ranged from pinecones to snake skin even a bird's next.

      Next, Pete the earth snake made an appearance. She showed the kids how snakes uses their tongues to smell.

      Knee high naturalists will be taking a few weeks off due to Conservation Day Camp. The program is returning the first Monday in July.

      This year's Conservation Day Camp starts next Tuesday June 10. Sign-ups are still available for grades 3-5.

      For more information, you can contact the Missouri Department of Conservation office in Kirksville at (660) 785-2420.