Monday, May 22, 2006

American Dipper, Beavers, and Grizzly bears



Did you know that beavers and American Dippers have a lot in common? American Dippers are birds that dive under water just like beavers do. Beavers have one thing different from the American Dipper though, it is that beavers don’t fly and the dipper does. Dippers wax their feathers just like beavers do to their fur. Did you know that the North American beavers are 3 to 4 feet long, including the tail, and weigh from 40 to 95 pounds They are the largest rodents (gnawing animals) in the world except for the capybara of South America. Unlike other kinds of mammals, beavers keep growing throughout their lives. Most beavers look larger than they really are because of their humped backs and thick fur. Thousands of years ago, some beavers of North America were about 7 ½ feet long, including the tail-almost as long as the grizzly bear. No body knows why these huge beavers disappeared. Grizzly Bears eat mostly fish, berries, grasses, leaves, insects, roots, and land animals. During the summer and fall, a grizzly can eat up to 90 pounds of food per day.

4 Comments:

At 10:36 AM, Blogger maddie said...

Tasha That is cool!

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger maddie said...

What part of the food chain are thare? Are they endangerd?

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Tasha said...

I don't know if they are endangerd. I know that the grizzly bears are at the top of the food chain. But i don't know about the reast.

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I like the pictures...

 

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