FC: ABC's of the Forest | By Mandi Groh
1: What might you find in a forest? Turn the pages to see.
2: Ants | Ants can lift and carry more than three times their weight.
3: Bears | Bears have an excellent sense of smell and they are good swimmers, runners, and climbers. Bears hibernate in their dens during the winter months.
4: Crickets | Male crickets create a chirping sound by rubbing their forewings together.
5: The Pennsylvania state animal is the white-tailed deer. A white-tailed deer can run up to 40 miles per hour. They can jump 9 foot fences and swim up to 13 miles per hour. | Deer
6: Elk | The elk is one of the largest land mammals in North America. A male elk is called a bull and can weigh as much as 700 pounds.
7: Fox | The Red Fox is one of the few mammal predators in the United States. Red Foxes are shy animals, so you will rarely see them. They are most active at night.
8: The Ruffed Grouse is the Pennsylvania state bird. A male Ruffed Grouse makes a drumming sound by quickly rotating its wings forward and backward. | Grouse
9: Humans | Humans can be seen in the forest enjoying nature.
10: Ice | Ice can form in the forest during the winter months. Ice can form on trees, plants, and on the forest floor.
11: Jumping Mice | A Woodland Jumping Mouse can swim underwater for short distances.
12: Kestrels | The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. A small kestrel weighs as much as 34 pennies.
13: Lightning Bugs | Lightning bugs are a winged beetle. They are also called fireflies.
14: Muskrats | Muskrats are large rodents, they are plant eaters. Muskrats have a large tail that helps them move through water.
15: Newts | Newts have the ability to regrow limbs, eyes, spinal cords, hearts, intestines, and upper and lower jaws.
16: Oak Trees | Oak trees are some of the biggest trees in the world. There are more than 100 species of oak trees.
17: Porcupines | Porcupines are the second largest rodent in North America. Porcupines are good climbers and spend most of their time in trees. A porcupine has 30,000 or more quills covering its body.
18: Quills | Porcupines use their quills for defense. A porcupine cannot shoot its quills out. However, if a porcupine hits an animal with its quills, the quills will stick to the animal.
19: Rabbits | Rabbits live in groups. A female rabbit is called a doe and a male rabbit is called a buck. A young rabbit is called a kit.
20: Snakes | Eastern garter snakes are common and can be found near the edge of forests. Garter snakes are very active and can be seen day or night. They can grow up to 4 feet long.
21: Turkeys | Male turkeys are called gobblers and have a beard beneath their beak. Females turkeys do not have a beard and are called hens.
22: Under a rock | If you look under a rock in the forest, you are sure to find many interesting things. You might find a few insects or a fungus growing.
23: Vultures | Vultures have excellent eyesight and sense of smell.
24: Worms | Worms do not have eyes, legs, or arms. They can have up to 5 hearts.
25: XOXO | Many animals in the forest love and care for their young.
26: Yellow-Jackets | Yellow Jackets are a type of wasp. They eat fruit and plant nectar.
27: Zone-Tailed Hawks | Zone-tailed Hawks put on quite a show when they fly. They can dive, roll, and complete loops in the air.