A Tundra Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in the Arctic by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

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By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to the arctic tundra! As you hike alongside the frozen floor of this chilly, dry sector, the tundra could seem quiet and empty. however it is filled with existence, within the spring whilst migrating lemmings munch on spring plant life, or even within the iciness, whilst fur-coated wolves, foxes, and hares dart and prowl throughout the snow. summer season and wintry weather within the tundra, the quest is directly to locate food--and to prevent changing into a person else's subsequent meal. All dwelling issues are attached to each other in a meals chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you are taking to persist with the meals 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? persist with all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what experience!

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The adults lower their heads and point their dangerous horns at the predators. The wolves decide it’s not worth the risk. They just aren’t hungry enough. They slink off to find easier prey. Slowly, the musk oxen relax and start grazing again. Last night for dinner, they chewed on . . St ay in g War m on th e Tu nd ra winter. 9 m) long—is like a wa shape blanket. In fact, that humplike it’s on their backs? It isn’t a hump— t more fur. Their hair is so thick tha it when snow lands on their backs, of all doesn’t melt.

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