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 appear quiet and empty. however it is stuffed with existence, within the spring whilst migrating lemmings munch on spring plant life, or even within the iciness, whilst fur-coated wolves, foxes, and hares dart and prowl throughout the snow. summer season and iciness within the tundra, the search is directly to locate food--and to prevent turning into anyone else's subsequent meal. All residing issues are hooked up to each other in a meals chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What direction will you're taking to stick to the nutrition 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 endure fishing for its dinner? persist with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!

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Top: A horsefly Bottom: Mosquitoes buzz over the tundra. . a grizzly bear on the e prowl for a meal. To sebe ar zly what another gr iz ge 8. is up to, Tu rn to pa . . an Arctic wolf as it rests near its pack. To see what another wolf is up to, Tur n to pag e 30. . an Arctic fo home to feed h x trotting er young . To see wha is up to, T u t another fo x r n t o p aGe 10 . g . . a polar bear searchin for a meal. To see whatup is another polar bear . to, Tu rn to pa ge 33 . . a musk ox snorting and stomping to shoo the pesky flies.

They successfully hatch both crane chicks. Two sandhill cranes guard their chicks. A flock of sandhill cranes takes off. But the crane parents don’t realize that a fox has come to visit. They are leading their newborn chicks to the water to let them explore. While they poke and jab at the soggy ground, the fox steals up behind them. Too late, the parents notice him and try to shoo him off. The mother even hobbles around, acting like her wing is broken—anything to draw the fox away from her chicks, who can’t yet fly.

Bits of algae from the lichen a and fungus nd moss . To see wha t the mosses and lichens of the tundra are like, Tu r n to paGe 24 . Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos) The female wolf jogs along with her pack. The musk ox herd has noticed them and is gathering together. The wolves circle around the herd, golden eyes gleaming and white fur glowing in the sun. They keep moving, pulling in closer, until the musk oxen panic and bolt. A wolf pack takes down a musk ox. 30 Then the alpha male, the pack’s leader, makes his move.

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