By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to the arctic tundra! As you hike alongside the frozen floor of this chilly, dry sector, the tundra could appear quiet and empty. however it is filled with lifestyles, within the spring whilst migrating lemmings munch on spring plants, or even within the iciness, while 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 turning into an individual else's subsequent meal. All residing 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 are taking to stick with the nutrients chain in the course of 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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She’s spent every summer of her life here so far. She sinks her long, skinny legs into the cool water and wades as she scoops up bugs and plants and swallows them down. Across from her, a male crane is doing the same. He slowly bobs his way to her across the shallow water. Soon he is bowing to her and flapping his huge wings—they are nearly as wide across as the length of your bed! She ignores him at first, but soon she joins in. They dance and sing, stepping backward and forward, leaping into the air, and trumpeting calls that echo for miles.
The peregrine’s extra-long talons snatch him midflight as she stops her free fall and flaps back up with her wings. Sometimes just the force of getting hit by something going that fast kills her prey. But just in case, the peregrine brings the tern up to her hooked beak and crunches through its neck bones. She’s got a special notch in her beak just for breaking necks quickly. She takes this tern back to her nest, where two chicks squawk hungrily. Perched on the rock, she hunches over, shielding her catch under the cover of her wings.
To see what another amphipod is up to, Tur n to paGe 16. . lichen and moss scratched from the ground. To see what the lichens and mosses of the tundra are like, Tur n to paGe 24. Peregrine Falcon 52 (Falco Peregrinus) The peregrine falcon floats on the thermal—the warm air rising high above the tundra. From up here, she can see for miles—and in detail. Her eyes can see more light and focus better than human eyes can. She also has larger eyes, so what she sees looks bigger than what you see. 6 kilometers) away.
A Tundra Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure in the Arctic by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn