Hunting the High Desert

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The Cove’s newest interpretive ranger Nicole unveiled her very first program last week.  The program was called Atlatl: Man’s First Compound Weapon!  Visitors were very interested in learning about the features of the Atlatl, the tools that were used to create the weapon, and human survival as of 30,000 years ago.

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To reference the Pleistocene era, the interp team developed a very cool life-sized baby mammoth to chuck tennis balls at.  The “Chuck-it” toy is often used to throw balls to your dog at the park, but incorporates the same kinetic science behind the Atlatl.

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Those interested got to try their hand at throwing the Atlatl dart in an open field.  The program gave great perspective on the challenges that early humans faced to hunt, and how creativity, innovativeness, and stealth made the most excellent hunters.

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Many Atlatl darts were made with an obsidian arrowhead point.  Obsidian is sharper than a steel scalpel?  It can also fly 90-100mph.  The atlatl dart is flexible and stores a great amount of energy when you throw it.

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Ranger Nicole’s Atlatl program and other great events will continue through Summer 2013, so check the Park Programs page to find out more details!

::: This will be Ranger Talia’s last post as a ranger with the Cove Palisades State Park, as she is hitting the trail.   You can continue to follow her photography adventures at her personal blog Trees and Mountains.  She has greatly enjoyed posting about park happenings, facts, and features.  A year (and 5000 hits) later, we want to thank those of you who regularly follow, and hope that you will continue to read the Cove Rattler as the reins are passed to the next park naturalist.  We hope you continue to enjoy the Rattler, memories at the Cove, and Oregon State Parks! :::

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Posted on June 24, 2013, in History, Wildlife and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. We’ll miss you Ranger Talia!! You’re awesome!
    Welcome Ranger Nicole 🙂
    We did the Atlatl program last summer and had a blast with it! Never thought about using a Chuck-it though, great addition!
    The trees at the amphitheatre look great!

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