Our Living World: Earth's Biomes - Volume 2: Tundra by Barbara A. Somervill

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On the other and eats it. Jaegers are not hand, predators keep the only feathered food prey populations from thieves. Pushy gulls and exploding. Without this skuas regularly rob prey natural balance, the tundra from shy puffins and would be knee-high in lem- skittish kittiwakes. mings or grasshoppers. 5 [Chapter Five] ✹ A caribou bends to 2,500 different varieties of browse on low-lying lichens. lichen that grow in the Arctic. The lichens cover a rock the Lichens have no roots and size of a dinner plate.

They underground. When prey is Other than humans, large sneak up on their scarce, they choose a meal from predators have few enemies. prey. ” The tundra provides enough range, they leap on Top of the Food Chain 35 Cougars, also called mountain lions or pumas, live in many different biomes. They are the largest predators in the Andes alpine tundra. In North America, cougars roam the Rocky Mountains. Cougars eat rodents, but they prefer wild sheep or deer. The smallest tundra “big” cat is the lynx.

DO IT! Plant a tundra garden. If you with many small blooms. They dra plants are moss- live where snow falls, tundra produce seeds by the millions. es, sedges, and wildflowers should grow in The seeds are carried by birds lichens. All three your local soil. Most seed and insects or by the wind. grow close to the catalogs have sections of ground. Spongy, wildflower seeds. Next spring, nagoonberry shrubs sprout green moss grows you could have Arctic poppies, near streams and ponds. Their in wet areas, such lupines, or fireweed growing fruit feeds birds, bears, and as bogs or marshes.

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