[Surfnetkids: 14 Sep 2011] Alligators

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#1. September 14, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

We had a twelve-hour blackout last Wednesday, along with 1.4 million of our San Diego neighbors, that started at 3:30pm. Here are a few of the things I learned.

1) Forget portable radios. What one needs in an emergency is a battery-powered Twitter device. Anyone have one of these? The Twitter updates from @SDGE (our electric company) and from other folks around the county were the MOST helpful in understanding what was going on.

To read the rest of the tips, hop on over to:
What I Learned During the Blackout

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Alligators

by Barbara J. Feldman

Alligators Printable (** for premium members only)

Famous for their strong chompers, alligators are native to both the United States and China. Learn more about these reptiles at these sites, but please keep your hands inside the tour bus at all times!

Animal Diversity Web: Alligator mississippiensis
Here at Animal Diversity Web, from University of Michigan, start with two pages of alligator pictures (most of which can be re-used for educational fair use) and then click on over to the Information tab. This one-page alligator report includes details of geographic range, habitat (“freshwater swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes”), physical description, food habits, and more. “American alligators are the most vocal of all crocodilians, and communication begins early in life, while alligators are still in eggs.”

BioKIDS: American Alligator
“American alligators have very short legs, but they are still able to run very quickly over short distances.” BioKIDS, based on work supported by the National Science Foundation, is another project from the University of Michigan. This one-page alligator guide from their Critter Catalog includes the usual facts, such as where alligators live, how long they live and what they eat. Click on any of the underlined words for a pop-up definition, and be sure to look at the pictures (the link is on the left-hand menu.)

Defenders of Wildlife: American Alligator Facts
Defenders of Wildlife is a nonprofit organization that champions “science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation.” Their alligator facts page includes fun Did You Know? factoids (“Although alligators have no vocal cords, males bellow loudly to attract mates and warn off other males by sucking air into their lungs and blowing it out in intermittent, deep-toned roars.”), a range map, and details about their status as a threatened species. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a link to their American Crocodile Fact Sheet.

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