While we tend to stay home and avoid the cold, wildlife have developed their own ways to spend the winter. Many birds migrate, traveling to warmer areas with plentiful food and shelter. Some wildlife may find a safe place to enter a sleep like state that helps them conserve energy during a time when food is scarce. This process can be torpor, true hibernation, or brumation, with each process characterized by differing levels of activity and lowered metabolism. Mammals, reptiles, and even birds can change their metabolism and activity as a strategy against the cold. In other cases, animals must eat what’s available in the given season. For example, even though lush prairies aren’t available in the winter, deer can still munch on twigs and grasses. Now that you’re familiar with these three ways animals cope with the cold, unscramble the names of animals that utilize each strategy! Continue reading
Northern cardinals can be found in Illinois year-round. They scavenge for berries, seeds, and even the occasional hiding bug. Complete this maze to help this cardinal find some seeds!
For those who have not had the overwhelming pleasure of creating a Mad Lib before, the rules are simple: write down the first word that comes to mind consistent with the type of word indicated (e.g. “gooey” for an adjective), then read your own unique story as a whole once every blank is filled! We hope you enjoy this activity! Let us know what your stories look like on our social media pages!
I was SO (emotion) when the Wildlife Medical Clinic announced that they would be
having their annual (event) at the (business name) down the street! My entire family Continue reading