posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Sep 27
This week, students in our After School Programs will learn all about bears. Students will investigate mammalian characteristics, find out what bears eat, and learn what bears need in their habitats to survive. Students will also learn about the effect that humans have on bear populations.
Bears are in phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, and family Ursidae. Bears live throughout the world and are found in many different habitats from the tropics to the arctic. Brown bears, black bears, and polar bears are all found in North America. Common characteristics of bears include: a large body, stocky legs, plantigrade paws (bears walk flat on the soles of their feet), a long snout, shaggy hair, paws with five nonretractable claws, and a short tail. Bears also have an excellent sense of smell. Most bears sleep in dens during the winter for a long sleep (similar to hibernation). During the denning period the bear’s body temperature lowers, the metabolic rate decreases, and they can be easily aroused.
For further reading, check out:
Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life – Maggie De Vries
Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend from California’s Yosemite Valley – Robert D. San Souci
Photo credit: wikipedia