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Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Worms

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Worms are invertebrates (animals without backbones) worms live in water, on land and sometimes live in other animals. Earthworms dig their way through soil by eating it.

worms

KAE
5 August 2012

Badgers

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Badgers are very shy creatures. They are omnivores. During the day they rest in their burrows. But when evening falls the badgers go outside to collect hay for bedding.

Badgers

KAE
5 August 2012

Armadillos

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Armadillos have bony plates just like most dinosaurs. Armadillos often live alone. They eat ants and other bugs. If an armadillo sees danger he or she will dive straight into their home. Armadillos can be found in North America but they often live in South America.

armadillos

KAE
5 August 2012

Chimpanzees

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Chimpanzees are one of the most intelligent animals. They use rocks to crack open nuts, and they use twigs to dig in the ground for insects to eat.

KAE
22 February 2012

Sam’s Science Magazine

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Topics include global warming, animals and plants.

Highlights: “If there were no animals the balance of nature would be lopsided.”

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“Plants do a process called photosynthesis. This process releases oxygen into the air so we can breathe, then we exhale carbon dioxide for the plants to breathe. That is our way of saying thank you to the plants.”

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June 2012

The Wildlife Center of Virginia

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

We went on a homeschooler field trip to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. The Wildlife Center treats and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals. The goal is always to return them to the wild, but many animals cannot be released. These remain at the center as teaching animals.

Wildlife Center of VA tour

A vulture:
A vulture

A bald eagle:
bald eagle

Sam:

we saw lots of birds, an opposum and Buddy the bald eagle who has a disease on his beak.

14 May 2012

Cobra

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The king cobra can reach to 18 feet long. The female king cobra can lay up to 40 eggs.

A cobra’s predator is the mongoose, who can move so quickly he avoids getting bitten.

When a cobra is frightened, it stands up and shows its hood.

KAE
8 February 2012

Building Beaver Dams

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

“Building Beaver Dams: Could We Bring Wildlife Back to this Creek” by Bryn Fleming, Highlights Magazine, March 2012.

It was about trying to build a beaver dam so that wildlife would come back to the creek.

I learned that beavers are willing to finish dams that other people have partly built.

8 February 2012

Beaver

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Beavers build their houses, called lodges, out of sticks and mud. They enter their lodge by an underwater entrance to feed their babies. The baby beavers only need to be two to build their own lodges.

KAE
1 February 2012

Seals and Sea Lion

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Male elephant seals are the biggest seals in the world. Only one type of seal lives in tropical waters like the Caribbean Sea. The seal that lives in the Caribbean Sea is the monk seal. Sea lions can walk on their flippers but seals cannot. Seals can be underwater for up to 30 minutes. Seals come up out of the sea for feeding. Seals eat fish and penguins.

KAE
25 January 2012