Tuesday, January 29, 2008

To my middle school classes:

You did an excellent job responding to the last post. You made some astute observations and your comments were clear and to the point. I liked Max's comment that the female mole cricket flies silently in order to avoid predators. I wonder how it does that and whether scientists have ever looked at their method of flight to recreate for humans.
Now I have a challenge for you. Look back at the comments and pick one from any of the entries from the January 24th post. Find a website about that organism and it's unique characteristics. Provide the class a link to that website. Describe why the link might be interesting or useful and add one additional fact about the critter. I have provided an example.


Dan said...

I found a link about the Karner Blue Butterfly. It has many facts about the butterfly's habitat and explains why it is endangered. Did you know that it is illegal to catch Karner Blue Butterflies?


~Jory~ said...

Alright, well here is the one I used for the Blanding's Turtle.


This site goes into great details about the turtle and tells much about it. Did you know it was named after a scientist in the 19th century from PA?

Jiggles said...

This is a link to one of the animals that I used for my previous comment.

This website Link ives you alot of information on the Golden Lion Tamarin. Did you know that the reason it is called the Golden Lion Tamarin is that if you look carefully at it's face it looks like a lion.

bigQ aka Q said...

i pick the american bison and its adation is the grass lands they roam the entire grass lands they run around the grass its good for them to calm their right full place as the bison

callieangelbuffy said...

Mine is again on the prairie mole cricket. Did you know prairie mole crickets are about 2 1/2 in. long?


its the second part that has the title A Prairie Bug.

Redrum said...


this site has 3 of the prairie mole crickets songs.

it also lists its habitat, similar species and more

Kashi said...

This site has a lot of information.

The Karner Blue Butterfly is a nickel sized insect. The males are more colorful than the females. It only lays its eggs near or on lupine plants.

Laura said...

Here's one for the American Bison. I love the name of the website. See you thursday everybody!

Laura 2 said...

This site kinda of messed up my post. The site has a very interesting graph that shows the limited range left for the bison. I found that informative and a little depressing.

Eli said...


Here is a link to a great site on karner blue butterflies. It tells about their habbitat, the flowers that they suck necter from, and even some parks that are full of nthem.

Mikyelle AKA Mike said...


nice site about the Bobolink and it tells many facts about it.

Chazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz said...

this shows a lot about the arctic fox. it has a good amount of info like the fact that it follows bigger predators to find its food. u will love it.


i don't know how 2 make it a link.
sorry :(

Dan said...

Good job, folks! I made this assignment thinking that the links would work automatically. Alas, they do not. Just one of the many technical gliches for us to work on circumventing. The links do work if you cut and paste them into the address window. The sources you found were very interesting. I really liked that Will's (redrum)site included audio clips of the cricket's chirp.

nick said...

http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/bison.php they can way up to 2000 pounds wow

david said...

Prairie Mole cricket comment

To me prairie mole crickets have a not so pretty appearance when I saw the picture of it. But all the cool interesting things they can do are more important. I mean I thought that all crickets could fly but that isn’t true. The male mole crickets are earthbound but the females can fly. They live or are usually found in tall grass. And here is the most interesting part the crickets in habit underground like moles do. I guess that is how they got their name. I found this information at http://www.nature.org/animals/insects/animals/molecricket.html