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2011 Recap – What a year!


By: Greg Martin,
Medical Services Volunteer

Life and death are two halves of the same whole, a never-ending cycle, one always, invariably, giving way to the other. Predators and prey are constantly engaged in the same dance, both trying to survive, both fulfilling a pivotal need: without prey species, predators would starve to death, and without predators to keep populations in check, ecosystems would fall out of balance, leading to a breakdown of the system of life as we know it.

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Brainy birds at the Grand Canyon / Itsy, Bitsy Spider
Arriving Sandhill Cranes

By: Gail Cochrane,
LWL Volunteer

The pair working the El Tovar area of Grand Canyon Village are pros – he swaggers comically on bowed legs attracting chuckles from bystanders, and presumably the occasional treat. His partner poses on the canyon bulwark, offering her hooked beak and neck ruff in profile.  The afternoon sun illuminates rosy canyon cliffs and highlights the iridescence of the raven’s glossy feathers.  Tourists toting bulky cameras hustle to catch her backlit image and advance for ever-closer shots as she preens.  Surely a few visitors reward her with crumbs of snack bar.   

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Toxic Solution

By: Claudia Kirscher,
Liberty Wildlife Volunteer,

Now that our spring temperatures are starting to climb, we will start to see our insect population begin to rise as well.  Spiders are one of the original “green” ways to keep our yards, gardens, and homes free of annoying bugs. 

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By: Carol Suits, Volunteer Coordinator

This month in KidsStuff:

Click here to explore the difference between two different spiders.

Who knew spiders could be so yummy? Whip out your apron and make some Spider Cookies! (no cooking necessary!)


Kid Friendly Websites on this month’s topics:

Spider coloring pages
Funnel-web spider jigsaw puzzle
Vulture jigsaw puzzle
Common Raven fact page
Turkey vulture fact page
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