A Nile River Food Chain: A Who-Eats-What Adventure (Follow by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

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By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to the Nile River in Egypt! As you slosh in the course of the river financial institution and puddle-jump the marshy parts, you could pay attention birds calling, frogs peeping and little scurrying sounds from the underbrush. The Nile River is stuffed with lifestyles, from Egyptian vultures snatching ostrich eggs to golden jackals gnawing on a useless rabbit. Day and evening within the Nile River delta, the search is directly to locate nutrition - and to prevent changing into an individual else's subsequent meal. all of the residing issues are hooked up to each other in a nutrients chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What direction will you are taking to stick to the nutrients chain in the course of the river delta? Will you . . . Swoop during the air with an Egyptian slit-faced bat searching bugs? Stalk for frog dinner via thick reeds with a swamp cat? Scavenge for street kill with a striped hyena? keep on with all 3 chains and lots of extra in this who-eats-what event!

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He still has a few eggs left when a golden jackal comes sniffing around. The monitor swells up his throat, opens his mouth, and hisses. He lashes his powerful tail at the jackal. The jackal yelps and leaps away. Only a starving animal would want to mess with a Nile monitor. The monitor gulps down the last of the eggs in peace. As the sun sets, he heads back to a towering termite mound. His entrance has been clawed out of the side. He nestles himself in for a long night’s sleep. Last night for dinner, the Nile monitor swallowed .

The flamingo stretches her long neck toward the water. She sticks her head right in and twists it upside down. Under the water, she sweeps her large bill back and forth along the bottom of the river. With quick tongue movements, she draws water in and out of her bill. Bristles along the edges of her beak strain the water. The water runs back out, but tiny shrimp, insect larva, snails, and plantlike life-forms called algae stay trapped in her mouth. After about twenty-five seconds, she surfaces again.

Trees and bu about the sh the Nile, tu rn es around to page 28 . . a couple of white-headed duck eggs. To find out what another white-headed duck is up to, turn to page 15. . a scarab beetle pair scuttling along the ground. To find out what another scarab beetle is up to, turn to page 32. . an Egyptian s bat struggling witlit-faced wing. To find ou h an injured t wh at another Egy ptian slit-fac ed bat is up to, tu rn to page . . a greater Egyptian gerbil tucking seeds in his cheeks. To find out what another greater Egyptian gerbil is up to, turn to page 26.

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