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Monday, April 13, 2009

Tuesday's Inquiry

Another mammal that we have in common with Nova Scotia is the raccoon.

Raccoons have many adaptations, as a class of inquirers, list things you think are adaptations for raccoons, and why they are important.

Secondly, why do you think scientists study raccoons in regards to new situations and adaptations?

Post your thoughts as a class and I'll tell you the answers when I have heard from most of you!
-Miss Beeman


At April 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Beeman,

We spend a lot of time discussing how the adaptations of raccoons are important. Here is our list:

1.) Raccoons use their camouflage to protect themselves from predators.
2.) They are taking advantage of an "easy meal" with the trash left behind by humans who are living closer to them.
3.) Raccoons use their claws and sharp teeth for protection as well as defense against any predator.
4.) They also use their claws to climb away from danger.

We also had a good discussion about why scientists would study these adaptations. Many of us thought that it would be important to understand what raccoons are eating and how it is affecting their health (like the moose/deer connection). If raccoons are eating human food it could be harming them like the moose. Scientists could see how pollution is harming them too if they were to get into the trash they may be eating plastics and other non food things. And finally, if they are eating the food that is easiest to find like human trash then maybe they could forget how to hunt.?

We will talk to you soon!
Miss Beeman's Class

At April 14, 2009 at 2:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Beeman-
This was a tough one for us. We had to go to the internet for more information. We found out that humans are destroying the natural habitat of many raccoons. People are building houses and streets where raccoons used to live.

Raccoons eat berries and fish and other things they find in forests. The ones who live in the city have adapted their behavior and now eat out of the trash at people's homes. They use their gripping hands to open trash can lids and gates in peoples yards.

They also have had to adapt where they live. In the forest, they live in trees. In the city they had to adapt and live in attics, sheds, garages and basements,

Are there any other adaptations that they have had to make? Are any adaptations not changes in their behavior?

Thanks for the interesting moose information.
Mr. deNeui's class

At April 14, 2009 at 4:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adaptations for raccoons

They are scavengers and eat garbage – because it is easy to find if they cannot find anything else

They have sharp teeth to defend themselves

Their paws help them to feel for food in ponds and things like that

Sleep for a long time in the winter and stock up on food beforehand so they do not starve

Their claws help them climb and defend themselves

Why do scientists study raccoons?
They don’t know about raccoons and it is their favorite
They need more raccoons
They eat so many different things that if they start to starve it means there is a big problem in the food chain
Maybe they live longer than many other animals and it would make sense to study them because you can do it for longer.
Maybe they know so much about raccoons already that they can use that old information to help them learn more.
-Mrs. Patel's Class


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