[Surfnetkids: 29 Apr 2009] Desert Animals

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#1. April 29, 2009

Barbara J. Feldman
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My talk last week at Adspace in San Francisco went well, and today finds me in Portland, Maine for another conference. This one is a private mastermind group that I always look forward to attending, but the amount of travel I’ve been doing in the last couple of months is really starting to wear me down.

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#3. Desert Animals

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Desert Animals Printable (** for premium members only)
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Although at first glance, the desert may seem inhospitable, in reality it is teeming with animals and plants that have adapted to their dry surroundings. Some animals adapt by hiding from the extreme conditions, some by conserving water, and others survive by dissipating heat through evaporation, also known as sweating.

DesertAnimals.net
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“A desert is defined as a region that receives very little rainfall. It can be hot or cold. There are various types of deserts all around the world, from the harsh elements of the Sahara desert in Africa to the four deserts of the Southwestern United States.” From the publishers of the AnimalSpot.com, DesertAnimals.net features seventeen desert animals. Each profile includes basic stats such as diet, habitat, size and description, appropriate for elementary school students but probably not detailed enough for middle-school animal reports.

Desert Museum: Sonoran Desert Fact Sheets
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From Anna’s Hummer (a green and red hummingbird) to the White-Winged Dove, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum provides twenty-eight animal fact sheets, and another ten about desert plants. These are excellent for school reports, and include audio recording and fun facts about each creature. Did you know that javalinas are not pigs, but rather a New World peccary related to swine? Or that kangaroo rats have pouches, but they do not carry their young in them?

Desert USA: Desert Animals & Wildlife
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There are nearly a hundred animal facts sheets at Desert USA, organized by class: mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and spiders. All include a description and a photo, and many include videos, animal trivia, and links to related articles. “The cottontail’s tail functions as an alarm signal. When a rabbit raises its tail, the large white patch of fur on the bottom is exposed, serving as a warning signal to other cottontails.”

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Desert Animals Printable
Printable Desert Animals Word Search
Desert Wikipedia Printable
Biomes Printable
Endangered Species Printable
Rainforest Printable

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