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Reference List

Mammal Booklist

From a journey through the basics of evolution to a look at mammal detectives to a re-creation of the world of prehistoric predators, these kid-friendly book and DVD titles bring to life the world of extreme mammals.

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Curriculum Materials

Climate Change Books

From weather experiments to North Pole travel to activities for "citizen scientists," these kid-friendly titles make it easy to explore weather and climate change. 

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Barn Owls on the Side of the Road

The discovery of many dead barn owls lying around the highway peaked this young naturalist’s curiosity. See what he learned when from his investigation.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

From the Desert to the Subalpine Forest

This young naturalist used a trip to the Grand Canyon to test her hypothesis: the higher the elevation, the greater the number of species of flora that would be present.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Trails in the Snow: The Effects of Reforestation on Mammal Distribution in the Baraboo Hills

The first snowfalls of winter have transformed the landscape into a pristine, silent, unscathed world. The sounds of birds and animals that are so casual in other seasons are now magnified by silence. The bark of a squirrel is crisp and suspended in time, like the lingering imprint her paws leave on the snow.  Winter is the invigorating cold, the silent struggles for survival, the stories written by paws and hooves on the snow; small details that could easily not be noticed.

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