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S: I Make My Home in Colorado! A Colorado Animal Book

BC: A Classroom Creation

FC: I Make My Home in Colorado! A Colorado Animal Book

1: Dear Class, This book reflects the research work I had done during the summer of 2011. All of the animals included make(or have made) their homes in our wonderful state of Colorado. The purpose of this project was to infuse my factual learning about these animals with the expressive writing form of poetry. Enjoy, Ms. Bladt

2: The Alpine Tundra is my home I like the cold year round I bathe in snow when it gets warm And then come winter change my down | White-Tailed Ptarmigan Facts: *They are a chicken- like bird about 11-16 inches long. *They have square tails and small black bills. *They eat berries, bugs, and twigs.

3: High in the mountains I quickly gather my food. Predators nearby Grass I need to dry For harsh winter soon to come. Predators nearby My tiny body all year, never seems to rest. Predators nearby | American Pika Facts: *They are 6-8 in. long and weigh about 6 oz. *They live at elevations of 8,000-13,000 feet. They are plant eaters that dry and store food for the winter. *They will have 2-4 babies at a time that leave their mother after four weeks. *They are diurnal which means active during the day.

4: The Escape Up in the alpine meadow, it is my only hope. To escape my predator- wolf, by climbing the rocky slope! | Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Facts: *They are best known for their large horns. *They eat grass and clover in the warm months and woody plants when it gets cold. *They are the Colorado state mammal.

5: Creatures in the Night by Amanda Mathieu Standing, staring at the shadows, waiting Tense, not wanting to move Fearful that they won't come then... A shadow moves and it's there Standing gracefully in front of you So much a part of the night And you ache at its sheer power The wolf Full of wisdom Always belonging You want to follow it into the forest and join its world Your eyes meat (?) For only a second you are staring into the cold piercing stare of this creature that you know so well Yet are only beginning to understand He disappears Melting into the shadow again Leaving you breathless and full of wonder This being this mysterious power is the wolf a creature of the night | Wolf Facts: *They are gone from Colorado, but are trying to be brought back. *They are large dogs, and are pale gray with buff and black accents. *If brought back, they could provide a natural check on elk populations. *Farmers don't like it because they kill livestock.

6: Song of a bear There is a danger where I move my feet. I am a whirlwind. There is danger where I move my feet. I am a brown bear. When I walk, where I step lightning flies from me. Where I walk, one to be feared Where I walk, long life. One to be feared I am. There is danger where I walk. - Navajo | American Black Bear Facts: *They are the smallest North American bear. *They stand about 3 feet from shoulder to feet and 4-6 feet in length. *Most of it's diet consists of plants and they will eat small animals. *They are active in the early morning and in the evening.

7: Bobcat, Bobcat Bobcat, bobcat shining bright in the darkness of the night. Who could see you flying by Like a bird up in the sky? I can see you in the night. Bobcat, bobcat shining bright I can see you flying by Like a bird up in the sky. -unknown author | Bobcat Facts: *They are about 2 feet tall and weigh between 20-30 pounds. *They are brown with black spots. They may be grayer in the winter. *They live in forests, deserts, mountains, swamps, and farmland. *They hunt at night and eat small animals. *A litter of kittens can be between 1-7 and they will stay with their mother for about 1 year. *They are good swimmers and tree climbers. *They like to spend most of their time resting on rocky ledges in a thicket.

8: To be continued...

9: Photos courtesy of: The Colorado Division of Wildlife, NREL, and Clipart.com. | Photos courtesy of: Colorado Department of Wildlife, NREL, and Clipart.com

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