Students at Warren Elementary School learn about animals


Mr. Richard Anderson, Humane and Environmental Educator from the Snyder Foundation, visited the fourth grade students at Warren Elementary School to talk about animals that live in the state of Maryland. He taught the students how the animals adapt to their environment and how they should be treated. Students looked at a beaver and beaver pelts (their skin) and were fascinated by how the beaver’s teeth are designed to cut into wood easily. A beaver can chew through a six-inch piece of wood in less than five minutes. The biggest tree they’ve ever cut down was about five feet in diameter. Beavers will chew into a piece of wood to get to the green material underneath the bark which provides their food.

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A relative of the beaver is the porcupine who has the same type of teeth but with an orange coloration on its top. Porcupines are better known for their quills which can stick into an animal and are very hard to pull out.

The students were able to handle beaver fur, teeth, chewed wood, porcupine quill, and real fur of a river otter, a shrew, a mole (the softest fur of all the animals), and more. They also heard the sounds made from local owls.

The Snyder Foundation is interested in protecting animals, and the best way to protect animals is to understand them and how they survive in our Maryland environment.

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Story and pictures submitted by Susan Webb, Office Secretary
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