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Nature's Way

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S: Nature's Way

FC: Nature's Way By 5th grade AIG Class

1: Raccoons are very smart, and quiet animals, which comes in handy when trying not to be seen by humans, or trying to catch dinner. A raccoons diet consists of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other small creatures. Raccoons are also known for digging in trash cans for scraps. | Raccoons also have very short, but flexible fingers, each with a sharp claw on the end. Raccoons like to catch their food, and then carry it back to their dens to eat it. Raccoons use their claws to climb up trees. Raccoons also grasp their prey with both hands, sometimes trying to strangle it, sometimes just trying to hold on to it tightly. | Raccoons also have great colors for hunting at night. They are gray, white, and black. Their faces look like they have a mask on, because there is black all around their eyes, and noses. | How do Raccoons Hunt at Night?

2: Owls swallow almost all of their prey including the Indigestible parts (fur, bones and feathers). Their digestive system takes out the nutrients from the prey then anything left is made into a ball that is easily regurgitated. This is much more efficient than having sharp fur, bones or feathers going through the intestines. | Several hours after eating a pellet is made. It goes from the gizzard up to the proventriculus where it stays for about 10 hours before being regurgitated. The pellet partially blocks the digestive system so the owl can’t eat until it throws the pellet up. Regurgitation often signifies that the owl is ready to eat again. Even if the owl eats more than one thing before it regurgitates the remains still become one pellet. | Nature’s way Why Do Owl’s Regurgitate Their Prey? By: Marguerite Alley

3: The fling squirrel uses its bushy tail to help guide it through the air. These squirrels can be found in North Carolina. They don't fly they actually are gliding in the sky. When the flying squirrel lands it falls at a 45 degree angle. Animals that glide have less aspect ratio or wing length then animals that fly. . | The squirrel has folds of skin that it uses as a parachute. The fold of skin has a layer of fur over it. The fold connects to the front and back legs. | How Do Northern Flying Squirrels Fly? by: Grace Rogers

4: First, the worker bees gather nectar from plants. They store it in pouches inside the body. When the bee has enough, it carries it back to the hive. | When the bee arrives, others are waiting for it. They suck the nectar into their mouths and chew it around in their mouths for about half an hour. As they do this, enzymes are breaking down the complex sugars and making them into simpler sugars. When they are done, they fan it with their wings to help it dry. This takes about an hour. After that, they put it in a honeycomb and seal it off with a plug of wax. | Bees really are amazing creatures. To gather enough nectar to make just one pound of honey, a worker bee would travel about 55,000 miles. That’s equal to about 11 round trips from New York to San Francisco! | How Do Bees Make Honey?

5: How Do River Otters Get Their food? | Otters are believed to have been around for 30 million years. And they have a very interesting way of getting their food. | To get their food river otters dive to the bottom of a river and either dig for clams or look for mussels. They cans stay under for up to five minutes! | Once they get their food the otter will lay on its back and use a rock to crack or pry open shells. They will also twist apart any soft shells to get to the meat. | By:Grace Bishop

6: Salamanders are fascinating animals. They're amphibian, which include Frogs and Toads. But did you also know that Salamanders can breathe through their skin? Yes, they can breathe through their lungs, but sometimes Lung Breathing isn't good enough, so they have the ability to take Oxygen (02) into their thin skins and release it from their body as Carbon Dioxide. (Co2) This is known as Cutaneous Respiration. | How do Salamanders breathe through their skins? | by David | But how does a salamander do this? | A salamander is actually too big for its skin, and folds of skin are often found.These folds of Skin allow for oxygen to enter the skin through more different spaces in the fold. When Oxygen enters the body, it is dissolved in blood coming from the heart and flowing to the rest of the body. Internal organs take oxygen from the blood and process it into carbon dioxide, which then travels out of the body through another fold of skin.

7: The rattle on a rattlesnake makes its loud rattling noise when segments of its tail beat on one another and beats on the ground. | When a rattlesnake is born it has what is called a "pre-button. Then the 1st time it sheds its skin the skin gets caught on the button and starts to form segments. then this process continues until the tail is fully grown. | What makes a rattlesnakes rattle... rattle?

8: Harbor seals and other seals have a dense cluster of whiskers, or vibrissae on their faces. Ever wonder why? | How do Harbor Seals Use their Whiskers? By Stella Angrist | In the water a fish leaves current of water as it swims along. | the seal senses the current and follows the fish through the water.

9: Nature's Way By Theresa Reiter-Lavery How Painted Buntings survive in the woods of NC with bright colors Painted Bunting males sport many colors, but not females! Females are bright green to blend in with the undergrowth. This protects the birds' eggs, since The female watches over the eggs. | To help Painted Buntings with blending in, they instinctively nest in areas where they have great amounts of cover, such as briar patches. The dense plants obscure Painted Buntings' bright colors. This technique helps them throughout their migration range, from Mexico to Arkansas.

10: N.C. Panthers are endangered because they have been having decreases in their prey. The highest on their prey pyramid is the deer. | Since they live in N.C. the deer scale is very low, but they have other prey choices. The reason they are dying is because they are in captivity, therefore their prey isn’t provided for them. | Nature’s Way | By: Zykeria Carlton

11: why do sand tiger sharks only have two babies? sand tiger sharks have two babies one from each uterus,each breeding season.This happens because of intrauterine cannibaiizim. | When a male and femai sand tiger shark breed he only fertilizes some of the eggs ,but she relishes both the fertilized and unfertilized eggs in to her uteri.the baby sharks inside of the fertilized eggs feed off of a yolk sack attached to their bodies . | Soon the yolk will run out and the babies will eat the unfertilized and /or unhatched eggs.Even faster that will run out and the babies will turn on each other .The shark that is the "winner" in each uterus will be born with a belly full of his brothers and sisters.

12: What do Beavers do when they’re scared? by:Joe Heflin When beavers are scared or sense something threatening they will rapidly slap their tails on the water. They will also do this to warn their family of danger. The things that make beavers threatened are unfamiliar sounds, movements and mostly smells but tail slapping is only the climax. Before this beavers usually swim into deep water and swim in circles with their heads up. The older the beaver, the deeper the water.

13: How do Red Foxes’ see so well? Unlike their prey Red Foxes have the amazing ability to have undisturbed vision, day or night | Foxes’ eyes have a special layer called the tapetum, which is located behind the retina. | The tapetum reflectS incoming light back to a part of the eye called a photoreceptor. The rods and cones of these photoreceptors allow foxes to see well in dim light.

14: Also they have great hearing and can low frequency vibrations good for hearing injured prey. | How do hammerheads hunt down their prey? | A hammer-head come in handy when searching for prey. That hammer-head gives them an advantage that most other shark don't have. Because of the hammerhead's mallet shaped head with its eyes on both side. It can cover more ground and find more prey.

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