By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to the arctic tundra! As you hike alongside the frozen floor of this chilly, dry quarter, the tundra could seem quiet and empty. however it is stuffed with lifestyles, within the spring whilst migrating lemmings munch on spring vegetation, or even within the wintry weather, whilst fur-coated wolves, foxes, and hares dart and prowl in the course of the snow. summer time and wintry weather within the tundra, the search is directly to locate food--and to prevent turning into an individual else's subsequent meal. All residing issues are hooked up to each other in a nutrients chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you're taking to keep on with the foodstuff chain during the tundra? Will you ... Zoom with a peregrine falcon because it goals for its prey? Chomp with a caribou grazing on grasses? Sneak up on a polar undergo fishing for its dinner? keep on with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!
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Their population is shrinking every year. S. Fish and Wildlife Service add wolverines to the endangered species list. Until wolverines are protected, this is a dead end. Woolly Bear Caterpillar (Gynaephora groenlandica) 38 With a tiny wiggle, the woolly bear caterpillar inches across the lichen-covered rock. He rests, bathing in the sun for a few moments. Then he creeps off the stone in search of a snack. He’s out of luck—he’s in a bunch of Arctic willow, and Arctic willow is poisonous to him. He continues onward.
A Walk in the Tundra. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 2001. Go on a journey through the Arctic in this book, meeting the animals and plants of the tundra, both alpine and Arctic. htm Learn about the plants, animals, climate, and people of the Arctic tundra. 61 selected Bibliography ADF&G. ” Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 2007. php (September 10, 2008). All Things Arctic. ” All Things Arctic. 1998. aspx (September 10, 2008). Burnie, David. Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World’s Wildlife.
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