Plant or Animal Report due on or before Oct. 25
Plant or Animal Bookmark Name_________
Due: on or before Oct. 25th Plant/Animal__________
-8.5 inch by 11 inch construction paper
To the right you will see an example of a bookmark animal report. It is also in our classroom.
Click below for online resources for plant and animal information.
National Geographic Website
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Spiders of Utah
Mammals of the Wasatch Front
Plants of Utah
Insects of Utah
Trees of Utah
The Sage Grouse
The sage grouse is the largest grouse in North America. In Utah the sage grouse has become an endangered and threatened animal because development has taken away a lot of its habitat.
Sage grouse, just as its name implies, likes to make its nest in the sagebrush country of Utah. Sage brush can be found on the Colorado Plateau as well as the Great Basin and Range. It also nests under juniper trees which can be found in drier environments. Some migrate to lower elevations for winter. Besides sagebrush and juniper they also eat insets and other plants.
The coloring of the sage grouse is its biggest adaptation to its environment. The adults have a yellow patch over the eye and are grayish on top with a white underbelly. It has a dark brown throat and a black bellow. Its coloring allows it to blend in with its surroundings and hides it from predators like coyotes.
The most interesting thing about sage grouse is its courtship ritual. In the spring males get together in “leks” and perform a “strutting display.” Female sage grouse look at them strutting and select the most attractive males. Males perform in leks for several hours in the early morning and evening hours during the spring months.