By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to the arctic tundra! As you hike alongside the frozen floor of this chilly, dry zone, the tundra could appear quiet and empty. however it is filled with lifestyles, within the spring while migrating lemmings munch on spring flora, or even within the iciness, while fur-coated wolves, foxes, and hares dart and prowl throughout the snow. summer time and wintry weather within the tundra, the quest is directly to locate food--and to prevent changing into a person else's subsequent meal. All residing issues are hooked up to each other in a nutrients chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What direction will you are taking to keep on with the meals 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? stick to all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what experience!

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Their hair is so thick tha it when snow lands on their backs, of all doesn’t melt. The snow sits on top helping that hair like an extra blanket, the keep them even warmer. And in dle coldest of blizzards, the oxen hud t. together to share their body hea . . Arctic willows. To see what the shrubs, wildflowers, and sedges of the tundra are like, Tur n to paGe 40. . lichen and moss. To see what the lichens and mosses of the tundra are like, Tur n to paGe 24. Northern Red-backed Vole (Clethrionomys rutilus) 50 The northern red-backed vole gnaws at the stems of the bunchberry plants with her sharp front teeth.

By dropping the moss and lichen and scattering it as they eat, the voles help it to grow in new places. The vole pauses to scratch at a flea on her ear. Then she sets about lining her tunnel with fur and leaves. In a week or so, she’ll have her second litter of babies. It’ll be her last—she’s already an old lady. Voles rarely live through two winters. Good thing her babies will grow quickly. Last night for dinner, she gnawed at . . . more roots and stems. To see what the shrubs, wildflowers, and sedges of the tundra are like, .

More roots and stems. To see what the shrubs, wildflowers, and sedges of the tundra are like, . . a woolly bear caterpillar that fell off a shrub. To see Tur n to paGe 40 . what another caterpillar is up to, Turn to paGe 38. bunchberries. f o s e h c n u b . . he shrubs, tt To see wha of the nd sedges a , rs e w o fl 0. wild r n t o p aGe 4 u T , e k li tundra are . . an amphipod or two. To see what another amphipod is up to, Tur n to paGe 16. . lichen and moss scratched from the ground. To see what the lichens and mosses of the tundra are like, Tur n to paGe 24.

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