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The Naturalist's Apprentice: Living on the Edge

 

Objective: to understand that Illinois is a melting pot of plants and animals from regions north, south, east, and west of the state.

 

Materials: multiple copies of "Living on the Edge."

 

Vocabulary: melting pot, range

 

Comments: Illinois can thank its central location in North America for its great diversity of plants and animals. It is a melting pot for organisms from the north, south, east, and west.

 

Procedure:

Below are lists of plants and animals that make Illinois the edge of their ranges. See how many of them you can find in the Word Search. Hint: Plants and animals that are found predominantly north of Illinois will read from top to bottom, those from the south will read up from the bottom. Plants and animals that live primarily east of Illinois will read from right to left, and those that are primarily from the west will read left to right.

NORTHERN

TAMARACK
RED SQUIRREL
WHITE PINE
MUSKELLUNGE
PUGNOSE SHINER
PITCHER PLANT
SUNDEW
BALTIMORE CHECKERSPOT
BOBOLINK
KARNER BLUE
MILBERT'S TORTOISESHELL


SOUTHERN

COTTONMOUTH
AMERICAN FEATHERFOIL
WATER TUPELO
RICE RAT
SPIDER LILY
NARROW MOUTHED TOAD
BALD CYPRESS
MOSQUITOFISH
SUMMER TANAGER
PLAINS SCORPION
LICHEN GRASSHOPPER
CAROLINA WREN 
BANTOM SUNFISH

EASTERN

SILVERBELL
AMERICAN BEECH
RIVER CHUB
EASTERN SAND DARTER
BLUEBREAST DARTER
TULIPTREE
BLACK GUM
COBWEB SKIPPER
SCARLET OAK
WITCH HAZEL
SILKY WILLOW
AMERICAN CRABAPPLE
STAGHORN SUMAC
HOODED WARBLER

WESTERN

PASQUEFLOWER
YELLOWHEADED BLACKBIRD
PLAINS MINNOW
PRAIRIE SMOKE
PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS
WESTERN HARVEST MOUSE
PLAINS POCKET GOPHER
WESTERN MEADOWLARK
GREAT PLAINS SUNFLOWER
HAYNE'S BEE
GREAT COPPER
LARK SPARROW

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