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Back to Basics- Habitats

Back to Basics- Habitats

We are winding down our back to basics month! We hope you have learned loads of great stuff! Today and tomorrow- we’ll be talking habitats! The earth is covered in all kinds of diverse habitats that we animals call home!

First up = terrestrial (land) habitats

Coniferous Forests: these cool dry forests are found in the northern hemisphere. They are home to trees that stay green all year round (evergreens). Wolves and moose call this their home.

coniferous forest

Deciduous Forest: these cool moist forests have trees that lose their leaves in the winter. The animals that live here change during the seasons. Bears call this forest home.

deciduous forest

Mountains: mountains have cold, steep and rocky areas. Animals that call the mountains their home must have great adaptations to survive harsh winters. The pika and mountain goat call this their home.

mountain

Temperate grasslands/prairies: these large prairies have large areas of grass for herbivores to eat. They have hot summers and cold winters. Bison call this their home. 

prairie

 

Tropical savannas: these tropical grasslands are found in Africa. There is a wet season and a dry season. Thousands of herbivores call this their home, including elephants.

savanna

Desert: these dry sandy rocky habitats have little plant life and little water. The animals that call this habitat home, like the camel, are adept at surviving without water for long periods.

desert

Polar ice: these cold icy habitats are found on the poles. Some animals who call this habitat home use the oceans to survive. They must have adaptations to survive cold temperatures.

polar

Tundra: this habitat is near the northern pole. It is frozen for most of the year, except spring and summer. Animals must migrate during winter to get food sources like grass. Reindeer call this their home.

tundra

Tropical rainforest: these lush habitats are found around the equator. They are warm and wet. They are the most bio-diverse habitats on earth. Thousands of species call the rainforest their home.

trop rainforest

 

 

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HABITAT DAY WEEK- DAY #3

HABITAT WEEK DAY #3

It’s off to Ellie’s home on this third day of our Habitat Week! That’s right we’re going to visit the grasslands of the world. There different types of grasslands out there, but their common feature is grass and lots of it! These giant habitats are home to many different kinds of animals. So let’s learn more about grasslands!

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Grassland Fun Facts:

  •         Grasslands are on every continent except Antarctica.
  •         There are temperate grasslands that lie north or south of the equator, these are often called prairies.
  •         Tropical grasslands are located near the equator, these are often called savannas.
  •         One quarter of the earth’s surface is covered in grasslands.
  •         Grasslands are open and flat.
  •         Tropical grasslands have dry and rainy seasons.
  •         Temperate grasslands have a growing season and a dormant season.
  •         Grass grows from the bottom to the top.
  •         Grasslands have trees, but not many.

Animals of the Grassland:

  •         Bison
  •         Giraffe
  •         Elephants
  •         Burrowing Owls
  •         Giant anteaters
  •         Baboons
  •         Prairie Dogs
  •         Ostrich
  •         Cheetahs
  •         Gerenuks
  •         Vultures

vulture   gerenuk

cheetah

ostrich   prairie dogs

baboon

burrowing owl

giant anteater

giraffe   bison

Grasslands are definitely Ellie’s favorite habitat on the planet. In fact on the prairies of North America there are wild horses, so Edmond is a fan too. Grasslands are home to so many kinds of herbivores and their carnivore predators. From the smallest insect to the largest land mammal on earth, grasslands are complex habitats that support a huge diversity of life.  

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HABITAT WEEK- DESERTS!

HABITAT WEEK DAY #2

We’re going to explore the world’s deserts today. We think deserts are void of plant and animal life, but these habitats are wonderful places full of life that has adapted to survive in a harsh environment. Let’s go exploring this amazing habitat!

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Desert Fun Facts:

  •         Deserts receive less than 10 inches of rain a year.
  •         Deserts cover 1/3 of the earth’s surface.
  •         Only 20% of deserts are covered in sand.
  •         Polar deserts are in the Arctic and Antarctic. They are areas that are free of ice.
  •         The largest desert on earth is the Sahara.
  •         Deserts are often hot during the day and cold at night.
  •         Most animals in true deserts are nocturnal.
  •         Some animals, who call the desert their home, never drink water.
  •         There are deserts on every continent on earth.

Animals that live in the desert:

·        Camels

  •         Gila monsters
  •         Kangaroo Rats
  •         Desert Bighorn sheep
  •         Meerkats
  •         Roadrunner
  •         Horned Viper
  •         Western Spadefoot Toad
  •         Fennec Fox
  •         Desert Tortoise

desert tortoise

  western spadefoot toad

horned viper

roadrunner   camel

desert bighorn sheep

kangaroo rat   gila monster

meerkat

Deserts are fascinating places! Animals and plants have come up with some of the most amazing adaptations to live here. There are cactuses that live up to 200 years. Camels can go days without water because they store fat in those famous humps! What is your favorite desert animal?

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HABITAT WEEK!!

HABITAT WEEK!

It’s Habitat Week here at Headquarters. We meet so many amazing animals and we talk about their habitats, but never in detail. So we thought it was high time that we learn more about these amazing habitats that make up our planet. First up, tropical rainforests!

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Fun Rainforests Facts:

  •        Tropical Rainforests are found near the equator in South America, Africa and parts of Asia.
  •        Tropical rainforests are warm and humid all year round.
  •         Tropical rainforests have four layers, the emergent (top), the canopy (just below the emergent layer), the understory and the forest floor.
  •         The emergent layer trees grow tall to compete for sunlight.
  •        The canopy houses most of the animal life in the tropical rainforest.
  •         The forest floor is full of decomposing plant material. Not much grows in this part of the rainforest due to lack of sunlight.

rainforest2

  •         Rainforest cover about 2-6% of the earth’s surface, but are home to numerous species (many of which have not even been discovered)
  •         Tropical rainforests are home to nearly 50 % of all animal and plant species on earth.
  •         Tropical rainforests have helped people, not only do all those plants help produce oxygen for everyone to breath, but many medicines have been derived from plants only found in the rainforests.
  •         The largest tropical rainforest is the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

rainforest

 

Animals you can find in the Amazonian Rainforest:

  •         Jaguars
  •         Ants
  •         Howler Monkeys
  •         Sloths
  •         Tapirs (Check out Ellie’s Coloring Sheet Below)
  •         Forest Eagles
  •         Poison Dart Frogs
  •         Bats
  •         Toucans
  •         Macaws
  •         Capybara
  •         Caiman
  •         Emerald Tree Boas

 

jaguars   capybara

tapir

toucan      howler monkey

The rainforest is an amazing place. It is so full of life and wonderful things to discover. We can’t even begin to pick our favorite thing about this special habitat. What do you love about rainforests? Check out The Rainforest Foundation for ways to help protect rainforests and their inhabitants around the world.

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