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Mammals of Fields, Meadows, and Hedgerows

Our Earth has 5,487 mammals. Only 442 mammals natively occur in the United States.
A remarkable variety of mammals live in fields, meadows and fencerows.
They have unique adaptations to help them thrive in this habitat.

Common mammals found in fields, meadows and fencerows or hedgerows.

Chipmunk | Vole | Mole | Rabbit | Fox | Grey Squirrel | Groundhog (woodchuck) | Raccoon
Striped Skunk | White tailed Deer | White footed Mouse | Shrews | Opossum | Bats | Weasels

Harness these web resources to help you answer the questions and gather facts about these interesting organisms.

What is a mammal?

BioKids Critter Catalog


Mammals of Pennsylvania

Animal Diversity web

Bats are our Buddies

Biodiversity video

North American Mammals

Bat trivia

50 animals of Pennsylvania

Animal track guide

Bat Conservation and Management

Eek! Mammals The Animal Kingdom Field Guides - 5,500 species
Classification of Living Things    

right arrow List four traits of all mammals. Review Classifiying Critters.

Play a few rounds of this interactive activity that practices classification
(Click on How to Play for directions)

right arrow Identify five mammals, that can be found in your state. Challenge yourself by writing mammals that prefer to live in meadows, fencerows and fields.

right arrow Identify one unique characteristic about each of the mammals you listed.

right arrow Vocabulary to master:

Mammal, prey, predator, omnivore, carnivore, herbivore, nocturnal, diurnal, crepuscular, population, endangered, competition, distribution, burrow, rabies, mammary, species, vertebrate, organism, placental, marsupial, monotreme.

right arrow table Use a computer to make a Table with 8 Columns and 6 Rows. Prefab forms: doc | pdf

Use it to characterize five field, meadow, and fencerow mammals.

Predator/prey, omnivore/herbivore/carnivore, nocturnal/diurnal/crepuscular, common/rare/endangered, placental/marsupial/monotreme, Vertebrate/Invertebrate, I've seen it.

right arrow Use a Tree Map thinking organizer to sort the mammal species listed above.

right arrow Mammal Morphology - Bats, People and 1 other mammal. Compare - contrast - conclude.

right arrow Describe the positive and negative impacts of white tailed deer on your community. Report resource / Site 2

What actions should be taken?

right arrow Name a rare or endangered mammal found in your state.

right arrow Meadow Mammals Crossword Puzzle

right arrow To neutralize or deodorize skunk spray - name the chemicals needed

Where can you buy them? Be specific.

right arrow Deeper thinking: Read Density-dependent processes in meadow voles: an experimental approach. Ecology

Extrapolate the impact of changes in the population of another species of the fields and meadow ecosystem.

Identify some natural factors that control the populations of species in an ecosystem.

butterfly iconFields, Meadows, and Fencerows: Habitat / Mammals / Birds / Insect - Butterflies / Trees & Plants - Milkweed / Conclusions

Food Web Activity | Digital Science Journal | Butterfly Math | Life Cycles

Ecology Vocabulary Exercise | EcoCommunity Status in your state | Fields, Meadows & Fencerows photos

Citizen Scientist - Collect some data | Collecting data Activity doc. / pdf | Fields, Meadows and Fencerows eGame

Birds Facts Table | Feather Facts Finder | Screech Owl Activity | Bluebirds Project | Outside - In Showcase or Website Project

Wildflowers info | Milkweed & Monarch Butterfly Mania | Map and Inventory local Trees

Plants and People | Nature | Habitat Garden

Environmental Education Curriculum in Pennsylvania | PA HS Envirothon | Environmental Inquiry


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Updated 11/2013
2000 Cynthia J. O'Hora This project may be freely use in a nonprofit setting.

tree icon Save a tree - use a Digital Answering format - Highlight the text of the title, directions and questions. Copy the text. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Enter your name and the date at the top of the document. Answer on the word processing document in an easily read, contrasting color or font. (No yellow, avoid artistic fonts like: Symbols, broad font, blackmoor, & dear font fonts). Save frequently as you work. Submit your digital answer sheet via email or drop box.

The goal of this web project is to inform people through research while employing higher order thinking skills. This study unit encourages the use of free Internet information resources. Activities develop writing, information literacy, technology and mathematics skills. The resources posted here may be freely adapted or modified to meet each student's unique skills or interests.