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

By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

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

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Then she sets about lining her tunnel with fur and leaves. In a week or so, she’ll have her second litter of babies. It’ll be her last—she’s already an old lady. Voles rarely live through two winters. Good thing her babies will grow quickly. Last night for dinner, she gnawed at . . . more roots and stems. To see what the shrubs, wildflowers, and sedges of the tundra are like, . . a woolly bear caterpillar that fell off a shrub. To see Tur n to paGe 40 . what another caterpillar is up to, Turn to paGe 38.

An Arctic hare midhop. To see what another hare is up to, Tu rn to paGe 46 . Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) Gaw-gaw-gaw-gaw-squeee-squee! The gull isn’t at all quiet about what she’s doing. She dives and yanks at the chunk of caribou carrion in the other gull’s mouth. The other gull isn’t so willing to give it up, though. A midair tug-of-war begins, ending with the second gull flapping away with the hunk of meat. But the first gull lunges at Herring gulls probably look her again, and this time, she familiar to you.

To, Tu rn to pa ge 33 . . a musk ox snorting and stomping to shoo the pesky flies. To see . . a wolverine snar at a rival. To see wh ling what another musk ox is up to, Turn to paGe 48. at another wolver ine is up to, Tu rn to paGe 37 . . an Arctic hare midhop. To see what another hare is up to, Tu rn to paGe 46 . Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) Gaw-gaw-gaw-gaw-squeee-squee! The gull isn’t at all quiet about what she’s doing. She dives and yanks at the chunk of caribou carrion in the other gull’s mouth.

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