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Thank You Notes

A mammal is an animal which:

    - has a backbone
    - is warm-blooded
    - bears live young
    - has fur and
    - feeds its young milk

Can you identify these mammals that make their homes at Weldon Springs?

    - I can produce one million descendants in my lifetime.
    - I am eaten by almost every animal that eats meat.
    - My average lifetime is two - three months.
    - I travel in runways I’ve clipped in the grass.
    - A single acre of grassland is habitat for two hundred of us, yet you seldom see me.
    - Who am I?

    - I feed my young at dawn and dusk.
    - I have a double pair of upper incisors.
    - I step with my front feet behind my rear feet.
    - I tuck my young in a coverlet of my own fur.
    - My fluffy white tail helps me escape predators.
    - Who am I?

    - I was responsible for the exploration of the American West.
    - I can groom my fur with my split toenail comb.
    - My big orange teeth never stop growing.
    - I use my tail to sound the alarm.
    - I am sometimes killed by falling trees.
    - Who am I?

    - My fur is reversible; it lays flat in either direction.
    - My feet do not extend below my body.
    - I “slurp” earthworms like spaghetti.
    - My hands are on backward (palms out) so I can “swim” through the dirt.
    - I “see” in the darkness with my nose.
    - Who am I?

    - I can eat six hundred mosquitoes in an hour.
    - I am certainly not blind.
    - I never fly into your hair. (That would be rude.)
    - I am the only mammal that can truly fly.
    - I use echolocation to locate and capture my prey.
    - Who am I?

    - Fifty teeth often make me look like I’m snarling.
    - My ears and tail are sometimes frost-bitten.
    - I can use my tail to hold on to a branch or carry leaves for my nest.
    - I have an opposable thumb.
    - I am North America’s only marsupial.
    - Who am I?

    - I use cattails for food and shelter.
    - I can eat myself out of house and home.
    - My naked tail is sensitive to the cold.
    - Mussels are a special treat for me.
    - I am sometimes on the menu as “marsh rabbit”.
    - Who am I?

    - I protect my young by leaving them alone.
    - My winter coat and my summer coat are different colors.
    - Hollow hairs provide me insulation from the cold.
    - I cannot travel in deep snow.
    - I use a white flag to warn of danger.
    - Who am I?

    - I have flourished alongside Man.
    - My name, in Algonquin, means “he who scratches with his hands”.
    - I “see” underwater with my hands.
    - My coat is countershaded - dark on top and light below.
    - I don’t really wash my food.
    - Who am I?

    - I am a scrappy fighter able to kill prey larger than I am.
    - When I smell prey, I chase or burrow after it.
    - 75% of my diet is small rodents.
    - My small head and sleek body enable me to enter mouse runways and vole tunnels.
    - The color of my coat may change with the seasons.
    - Who am I?

    - You can see me in the dark.
    - I wear a warning to “stay away”.
    - The great horned owl is my only predator.
    - I raid turtle nests to feast on eggs.
    - My scent is unforgettable.
    - Who am I?

    - I was named for my luxurious tail.
    - I use my tail for an umbrella.
    - My summer home is a big leafy ball.
    - I can smell my dinner through a foot of snow.
    - When you’re too close, I flatten myself against a tree trunk and disappear.
    - Who am I?

    - Although most consider me a carnivore, I often eat berries.
    - The tip of my tail is always white.
    - My genus and species names are the same.
    - When solitary, I sleep out in the open.
    - I take over a groundhog den to house my young.
    - My average weight is 9 ½ pounds - less than many domestic cats!
    - Who am I?

Match these animals with the descriptions above:

Common Mole
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Whitetail Deer
Little Brown Bat
Striped Skunk
Fox Squirrel
Red Fox
Meadow Vole

(Answers: 1-vole, 2-eastern cottontail rabbit, 3-beaver, 4-mole, 5-bat, 6-opossum, 7-muskrat, 8-whitetail deer, 9-raccoon, 10-weasel, 11-skunk, 12-fox squirrel, 13-red fox)

Birds are animals which:

    - have a backbone
    - are warm-blooded
    - lay eggs and
    - have feathers

Can you find these bird words?

Canada goose
blue jay
scarlet tanager

Word Search

Reptiles are animals which:

    - have a backbone
    - are cold-blooded
    - breathe with lungs
    - have dry, scaly skin

Amphibians are animals which:

    - have a backbone
    - are cold-blooded
    - do not have scales
    - have moist skins
    - undergo metamorphosis

Fish are animals which:

    - have backbones
    - are cold-blooded
    - dwell in the water
    - breathe through gills

Unscramble these letters to learn the names of some of Weldon Springs’ reptiles, amphibians and fish.

margeoutlh bssa
pradoel grof
gaterr knsae
pspangni rtulet
uleb llig
gnirps epreep

(Answers: catfish, largemouth bass, leopard frog, crappie, garter snake, snapping turtle, blue gill, bull frog, spring peeper, bullhead)

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