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 floor of this chilly, dry sector, the tundra could seem quiet and empty. however it is stuffed with existence, within the spring while migrating lemmings munch on spring plant life, or even within the iciness, while fur-coated wolves, foxes, and hares dart and prowl during the snow. summer season 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 attached 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 endure fishing for its dinner? persist with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!

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Near the base of her tail is a special oil gland. She pushes it with her beak and then smoothes the oil onto her feathers. The oil keeps her feathers from getting wet. With waterproof feathers and webbed feet, she’s as comfortable in the water as on land. That gives her plenty of places to look for food, and she’ll eat just about anything she finds. Last night for dinner, she brought home . . W in te r Va ca ti on 58 . . a long-tailed jaeger that landed too close to the nest. To see what another jae ger is up to, Tur n to paGe 26 .

Gnats and fly larvae in the water. To see what other horseflies, mosquitoes, and gnats are up to, Turn to paGe 56. . a northern re vole, swallowed d-backed whole. To see what another vole is up to, Tu r n to paGe 50 . . a baby collared lemming. . amphipods scurrying the ground to stay moist. on To see what another amphipod is up to, Tu rn to pa ge 16 . To see what another lemming is up to, Tur n to paGe 43. Wolverine (Gulo gulo) 37 The beady-eyed wolverine scratches at the dirt with her five long claws.

She and the hundreds of other lemmings around her sport their brown summer coats now. Po pu la ti on Ex pl os io n About every four years, there are so many lemmings that they mu st leave home to find more food. The se same years, there are also more Arctic foxes and more snowy owls. That’s because foxes and owls feed on lemmings, and when their food supply is plentiful, they have more babies too. But wit h so many lemmings eating plants, they soon pick the tundra bare. So the lemmings move on.

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