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Wetland Species

Buzzzzz, buzzzzz. The mosquito flies through the air. She needs to find food for her larva soon, as they need lots of nutrients to become pupa. Finally she finds some nice fresh leaves with plenty of sugar, She slurps the sweet, precious juice out of the plant with her long proboscis. Suddenly the mosquito hears a loud screech and spots an object zipping towards her. Quickly she tries to find cover. “what was that thing?” She thinks to herself. She gladly finds a nearby shrub to rest her wings. The leaves are soft and warm in the afternoon sunshine. It must be a swallow, trying to gobble her up. She spots a lady walking in the park and zooms towards her and bites her right on the arm.It was a risky move she could have been hit but she needed to feed her young and that was exactly what she was going to do. She quickly dashed through the air toward where her young were. She finally returned home; her job was done.

Mosquito by Cameron

genus species: Culex Tarsalis

status: extremely low concern.

type: insect.

diet: Omnivore.

life span: Female 42 – 56 days Male 10 days.

life cycle: Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult.

size: between 3mm and 6mm.

weigh: Around 5 mg.

group name: Scrouge.

role in the nutrient cycle: Level 1 consumer.

 

Swift fox lays in the beautiful sun when her cubs run around and play. The dad lays in the shade when the mother grooms the cubs. It’s time for the dad to go get food for the family. Her cubs follow her to the lake. The mom watches her cubs while they play fight. The mom is tired so she gets the cubs and puts them to bed in the underground den. In the morning, the cub learns how to hunt. One of the cubs bring home some food like rabbits. The mother cuddles with her cubs. The mother hears a sound and she runs. A coyote comes to the den and he sniffs for food. The mom gets the cubs and yips at them that the coyote has left so it's safe for them to come out.

Swift Fox by CJ

Genus species: Vulpes velox

Status: endangered-about 700 left.

Type: A swift fox is a mammal

Diet:  Omnivore

Average lifespan: lives 3–6 years, up to 14 years in captivity

Weight:  just over 2kg.

Size:30 cm Tall 79 cm long.   

Group name: kit

‘SKREECH’ The toad hears a deafening sound of a giant monster truck coming to a sudden halt about seven feet away from a dirty strong looking toad. The toad hopped out of the thick chunky mud superfast into the clear water. He took a short whiff of the smelly gas it smelled so dreadful that he dived under the cool clear faintly rippling water so he could not smell it anymore. When he was underwater he felt the tickling weeds brush against his smooth slimy lumpy skin. He pumped his strong legs and rose to the top of the pond to see if the truck left but instead the truck let out a final ‘VVRROOOOMMMM’ and raced off leaving a enormous trail of cloudy dust behind it. The toad started to swim back to the shore into the cool mud and rested for a few minutes and then he hopped back into the water and floated in the slimey neon green algae. He saw a nearby dragonfly so he swam over closer to the dragonfly and gulped it down. How good he thought. It felt so refreshing washing down his dragonfly with a gulp of the muddy water. He  looked around for another insect to eat he was starving. When he found nothing he swam over to the deeper water. The cattails stood tall next to the flattened dead weeds that got flattened by all the hikers and strong animals that lived in the wetland with him. He loved when the wind blowed so hard that the cattails blow over and fall in the mud.   

Western Canadian Toad by Helen

Genus Species: anaxyrus hemiophrys

Size: Between 5.6 and 13 cm long

Weight: between 35 and 55 g

Group name: A knot

Life cycle: Egg, Tadpole, Froglet, Toad

Average Life span: 10 - 12 years

Diet: Insectivore

Type: Amphibian

Status: may be at risk

The brown, white and feathery Canada Goose is trying  to find berries or fish to eat!!! He struts along and spots a lake so he walks with his web shaped feet click click click. He ducks his head and saw fish but they saw him so they swam as fast as lightning to live!!! He is 15 years old so he is probably going  to live around 9 more years. He spots a bobcat and runs as fast as he can. He made sure that his eggs were still in his marsh in his nest . Good they’re safe and sound! His wife flies in and quacks. I’m hungry did you catch anything? Yes over here the fish is fresh! Crack crack crack. What is that is it our egg? Yes it is!!! Tweet tweet a little gosling chirped.  It had pale yellow fluffy feathers. Chirp chirp! He and his wife who he has for life were admiring the gosling.

 

Canada Goose by Isabel

Genus species: branta canadensis

Status : Least concern

Type : bird

Diet : omnivore   

Average Life Span:10 – 24 years (In the wild)

Life Cycle:(baby) goslings (female)goose  (male) gander

Weight : 3.2-6.5 kg(male); 2.5 -5.5 kg (female)

Size:3.2 – 6.5 kg

Group name : Gaggle

Role in nutrients cycle: Consumer

In the shallow water of the pond lies an Caddisfly egg waiting to hatch. When the egg slowly and gracefully hatches comes a tiny larva that seeks the light. The Caddisfly Larvae is a very vulnerable insect so it has to build a case to protect itself. The Caddisfly Larvae started to look around for random materials to build the case that will protect it from harm. It would use anything that was strong enough to protect it. It saw millions of tiny pebbles and sticks on the ground and put them together on it’s body. It felt the warmth of the case and snuggled inside it for some rest. After sleeping for a  while the Caddisfly Larvae got hungry and searched for food. The Caddisfly Larvae smelt algae and searched for the algae. The Caddisfly Larvae gobbles the tasty algae as it melts in it’s mouth. After he ate until he was full he heard something coming his way so he dashed away as fast as he could out of the open and waited until it passed. After a long day the Caddisfly Larvae went back to it’s home to rest but while it was resting it slipped out of its case and slowly starts turning into a pupa waiting to become a Caddisfly.

 

Caddisfly Larvae by Kaitlyn

Genus Species - Namamyia plutonis

Diet - Herbivores

Status - Vulnerable

Size - 3 mm to 40 mm or 60 mm

Type - Insect

Life Cycle - Egg, Larva/Larvae, Pupa/Pupae, Adult

Role in Nutrient Cycle: Consumer

 

It is a beautiful day at the lake. A Mama Great Blue Heron is in her nest incubating her eggs, Papa Heron is hunting by the pond. He stands in the water waiting for prey. SPLASH!!!! He dives into the water and thrusts his beak right through a fish like a hunting spear. He flies back up to the nearby nest and gives the fish to Mama Heron. She stands up and the eggs hatch. These hatchlings are the ugliest things you’ve ever seen but not to their parents. Papa Heron goes back down to the lake to get food for the hungry babies. He waits patiently by the water. He can still hear the babies squawking for food not too far away. SPLASH!!!!!! He dives into the ice cold water and pulls out a tasty fish. He eats it all up then flies back to the nest. He regurgitates the fish into the happy mouths of his babies. What a happy Heron family.  

Great Blue Heron by Katrina

GENUS SPECIES: ardea herodias fannini

STATUS:  Special Concern

TYPE: Bird

DIET: Carnivore

AVERAGE LIFE SPAN: 15years

LIFE CYCLE: Egg, Baby, Adult

SIZE:  Body: 1 to 1.4 meters Wingspan: 1.7 to 2 meters

WEIGHT: 2.1 to 2.5 kg

GROUP NAME: Heronry

 

Genus species: notropis cornutus    

Status: Abundance but slightly declining

type: Fish

diet: Omnivore         

Average: 2 to 3 years

Life cycle: egg,embryonic,larval,juvenile,adult

Size: 6 cm          

Group name: Shoal,Steam and Swarm

Role in nutrient cycle: Consumer

Splash! My fins start flopping in the fresh water. I start feeling a cold wind blow my tail away. I start getting scared so I find a nice plant to spend the night in. Next morning I come out of the plant and the wind is gone so I start swimming again. As I'm moving I start to see lots of algae and dead plants, so I swim there and start eating. After I’m done eating I start swimming  and find another plant. So I go inside the plant but a Fisher spider is living in it so I quickly avoid it so it doesn't catch me. I look for another plant but there were no more!  When I came here there were a lot of plants. I get suspicious so I look around and spot a fishing hook.  I try to avoid it and swim away to safety.

Minnow by Gabriel

One day the ramshorn snail saw some yummy food and it was algae! The snail was 1 years old so he will probably live around 1 to 2 years more.  Then the snail had eaten up the algae. Snails love algae. The snail saw a rout of its friends. It slithered through the wetlands and saw another rout of snails. It continued moving while breathing through its  lungs  because a rout of snails were following it.   At that moment there was silence and the snail slithered away and  the rout followed the snail wherever it went. The snail had just hatched from a cluster of eggs. Soon it will be young and then it will  be an adult! Then it will find if it is a girl or a boy.

Two-ridged Ramshorn Snail by Audrey

Genus species: helisoma anceps

Status: vulnerable

Type:mollusc

Diet: algae

Size:12 cm

Weight: 1.2 pounds

Group name:rout

Life Cycle: egg young adult

Lifespan: 2 3 years

Role in nutrients: decomposer

Ribbit, ribbit… ribbit, ribbit, he peacefully sits still on this warm summer day, waiting for some juicy flies to buzz by. Zzzzz... thhhp, slurp, down goes another one. It's that time of year when the bugs have to keep their eyes peeled for those camouflaged wood frogs. Slowly and swiftly a fox sneaks up behind him and gets ready to pounce...the frog quickly notices and stealthily hops away. Later on, by the cold, clear blue water he meets some more wood frogs and makes a quack like call to attract females. Multiple quacks later a female arrives at his acquaintance, but she wasn't the one. A few minutes later a long slithering snake comes toward the crowd.SNAP...SNAP SNAP, frogs were jumping everywhere, fleeing for their lives. Winter came quickly so it was time to sleep in his lovely litter leaf bed. He curls up and starts to stiffen as the cold runs through his body.  He is not dead but is frozen for the rest of the winter.

Wood Frog by Dominique

Genus species: lithobates sylvaticus

Type : Amphibian

Average Life Span : No more than 3 years

Size : Adults are 8.25 cm in length

Diet: Tadpoles-herbivorous/Adults-Carnivores

Status : Least concern

Weight : 8 grams                                                    

Group Name : Army 

Life cycle : Egg-Tadpole-Froglet-Adult

Role in nutrient cycle : Consumer   

 

The Brown-Black fur of this Muskrat shone as he climbed out of the fresh water lake. The buck had just been in the water for 20 minutes and he was starting to get tired, His colony had wandered off to sleep but he wanted FOOD! He jolted back into the crystal clear blue water and searched for vegetation. The buck came across a line of juicy, pink, pastel shrimp and sucked them up one by one. He quickly got full; almost every shrimp devoured. Pretty satisfied he paddled back to the land. His pearly black eyes scanned the shore for his colony.The buck finally found them and scurried to his damp burrow in the waterside bank. He curled up next to his pinkie and his doe. The buck closed his eyes as the bright sun fell into a glowing crescent moon. Early morning he woke up to his doe and pinkie wading into the chilly waves. The buck shot up and pranced up to their sides as their colony slowly woke up and joined them one by one. As the hours passed the sun got paler and snuck down below the horizon line bringing sleep to the muskrats once again.

Genus species: ondatra zibethicus 

Diet: Herbivore

Status: Least concern (Population stable)

Average life span: Adult 4-5 years, Longevity 10 years  

Type: Rodent

Weight: Adult 0.6 - 2 kg  

Role in food chain: Consumer

Group name: Colony, Horde, plague, Pack, Swarm

Muskrat names: Male - Buck, Female - Doe,  Baby - Kitten, Nestling, Pinkie, Pup

Life cycle: Pinkie -> Doe/Buck

Size: 40 - 70 cm (Adult)

 

Muskrat by Evelyn

The sly least weasel looks for her over sized prey; a fat, juicy and delicious Jack rabbit. She slowly crawls towards the big rabbit. She pounces on the jack; it slowly goes down to the cold hard ground. It’s dead. She sinks her razor sharp teeth into the big, fat and juicy rabbit. She licks her bloody paw than she bites a huge hunk of the rabbit. She hurries back to her den in the beautiful, ruby red and new farm. The kits wait for their mother; the oldest kit wonders off to find food while the farmer is looking for the sneaky Least weasel. The oldest kit sees the grumpy, old and stubborn farmer. He runs back to the den to his brothers and sisters cowering with fear and hunger. The mother runs across the wide open field trying not to be spotted by the farmer or his old hunting dog. The mother finds her away back to the cold den as her kits are hunger and waiting for her to bring back a freshly killed prey.       

 

Genus species: mustela nivalis

family:mustelidae

Status:least concern

Type:mammal

Diet: carnivore

Lifespan: 4-6 years

Length: 19 cm

Weight: 260 g

Life cycle:kit(baby); dog/bitch(male/female) Group name:gang,colony,pack  

Least Weasel by Lia

CRUNCH, the doe's ears perked  up and the doe slowly and carefully looked  around as the fall leaves slowly fall softy on the ground. The doe  continued to graze. Vrrooom a car raced by and startled  the deer and it ran off into the damp dark woods and found a nice patch of long grass to sleep in. When she woke up the ground was covered in a cold fluffy layer of snow. The doe got up careened around the forest. The deer slows down and feels the snow covered bushes brush against  her soft short hair. She wanders around for a while and finds herself at a wetland with ducks and other birds. She walks over and takes a sip of the clear clean water. The sun comes out and over weeks the sun melts away the snow.  The doe smells some huckleberries and follows the strong smell and finds them by a big oak tree.  

 

Genus species: odocoileus virginianus                                     

Average life span: 4-5 years                                                             

Type: herbivore

Weight: Male  68kg  Female 45 kg (summer adult)

Diet:  herbivore

Role in food chain: consumer  

Female  name: doe

Male name: buck

Baby name: fawn

Life cycle: fawn > yearling >adult buck, adult doe

Status: concern

 

 

 

White Tailed Deer by McKinna

The Bufflehead wakes up from its sleep. It swims around actively asthe water ripples behind it. After a few minutes pass by it starts to get hungry, the bufflehead swims around diving gracefully into the water catching little bugs in its mouth. The bugs tasted delicious. Then it swims around some more. People sit and watch it swim in the lake. He finds some bufflehead ducklings following the hen through the clear, blue, silvery waters. The bufflehead hears a lot of quacking behind him, it turns around and finds a flock of ducks. The small duck spots a small pile of leaves floating in the lake, it swims over and it’s bill picks it and the leaves are in it’s stomach, Yum! He’s still hungry so it starts to dive catching bugs once more. The duck starts swimming around as actively as before. It has spotted a flock and paddled over to it and swims with the buffleheads happily. It’s getting dark… the sky is turning orange, purple, pink, blue and red. As he starts to get tired the flock spreads across the lake like a drop of food coloring into a glass of water. He’s had a fun day, but it’s no longer time to play, goodnight little bufflehead, sweet dreams.

Genus species: bucephala albeola

Status: least concern

Type: Mammal

Diet: Omnivore

Average life span: 4-7 years

Life cycle: Egg, duckling, Hen/Drake

Size: 32–40 cm

Weight: 270-550g

Group name: Flock

Role in nutrient cycle: consumer

Bufflehead by Lyric

Splash! went the large furry brown beaver as he leaped into the blue water. His big brown hard tail whipped the water's surface hard as he swam across the big river. It was a beautiful fall morning. He had just eaten a large amount of leaves and twigs so his stomach was satisfied. He wanted to swim more but he had to feed his kittens and female. He went out looking for some food for them. But he had to be careful of wolves, they might eat him.  But if they did eat him at least his species would be fine because beavers are our least concern. While his colony was out getting food for their young he would too. As he crept into the woods he found some brown twigs on the ground beside a tree. As he was about to pick them up a porcupine raced in and stole those twigs and ran off with them. That poor beaver just watched as his kittens and mate’s breakfast was getting gobbled down by a porcupine. So he went on the search for more. Fortunately he stumbled on some leaves which were just as good as twigs. So he picked them up and carried them off to the lodge to feed his mate and kittens.         

 

Beaver by Sandy

Genus Species: castor canadensis

Status: it was least concern

Type: mammal

Diet: vegetarian leaves and twigs

Average life span: 20 years

Life cycle: born, a kitten, an adult

size: 74–90 cm 

Name of group: a colony or a family

Role in nutrient cycle: consumer

The brown white and black sandpiper slowly swoops down from the high skies and lands on the beautiful brown sand that squishes between her orange webbed feet. As she wades in the crystal clear water she sees a fat juicy worm squirming in the biofilm. She decides to go for it. She walks towards the worm slowly; trying not to scare it then she bites into that juicy fat worm with her long skinny beak.Then she goes back but this time there are no worms there is just the healthy delicious biofilm. She picks it up with her beak letting it slither down her throat. When she is finally content she gets up and and waddles into the warm lake and goes for a long swim. The ree slowly and smoothly paddles her feet back onto the dry sand and goes for another fly in the sky. But this time she flies closer to the ground; she even flies right over the water and dips in her long white and brown spotted wings.  It splashes all over her beak and face but the ree loves it! The sun is just going down and the ree decides to go home. When she gets home the ree goes back to her nest for long night’s rest.

Spotted Sandpiper by Sasha

Genus species: actitis macularius

Status: least concern

Type: bird

Diet: carnivore

Average life span: 109 months

Life cycle: egg,baby,adult females (ree)males (ruff)

Size: 18 to 20cm when an adult - females larger than males

Weight: 34 to 50 g

Group name: fling of sandpipers

Role in nutrient cycle: Consumer

 

As  the killdeer slowly moved forward the hunter raised his gun . When the hunter  moved forward he didn't watch where he was stepping. And stepped on a dry stick. At the sudden sound  the killdeer flew off to the nearby parking lot where his nest and his chicks were. After feeding the chicks he protectively circled the nest checking for predators . When he spotted his mate coming towards the nest he took off to look for food. He was flying for hours and hours when he finally found food he was exhausted.The next day when he woke up he immediately grabbed a branch loaded with fat berries. And took it to the abandoned parking lot. But as he flew towards the parking lot he saw a gang of humans so he quickly landed  a while away from the nest and put down the branch. He started squawking and flapping its wing while moving away from the nest pretending that his wing was broken. Thankfully the humans followed him. The killdeer led them far far away from his nest.

Killdeer by Sierra

Genus species: charadrius vociferus

Status: least concern

Type: Shore Bird (Plover)

Diet: Omnivore

Average life span: up to six years in the wild

Life cycle: egg,juvenile,adult

Size: Length 20–28 cm

Weight: 88 grams

Group name:  A Season                                      

Role in nutrient cycle: Consumer

 

Genus species: hesperocorixa castanea

Status: are not endangered

Diet: herbivore

Type: insect

Lifespan: One year

Life cycle: Egg, nymph and adult       

Size: 13mm

Group name: They don't live in groups

Role in Nutrient cycle: A consumer   

One hot sunny day a water boatman was lying on a Sunbathing Rock. A duck comes along. The water boatman dives into the water. The duck beats the water boatman through the water his beak opens he snatches at the water boatman’s leg. The duck just skins his leg and the water boatman shredz through the water viciously down to the bottom of the Ralph Klein Park lake. He finds a small pebble at the bottom of the lake he flips it over with his powerful hind legs and eats the algae off the bottom of the rock. It is night time now very bright light coming from the moon. He swims from the bottom of the lake and he propels out of the water. He’s in mid air now; slowly gliding down into the water. Before he fully goes into the water he leaves a little air bubble. He goes into the dark deep surfaces of the lake. He hears ducks paddling above him. The duck sees him and swims after him under water but he swims into a tiny little hole. The duck’s jaw jams into the hole as it snatches at him. The duck finally realizes that he can't get him so it swims away.

Water Boatman by Ezekiel

I skidded through the air turning back to face my opponent trying to ward off a golden eagle. It was fight or flight I chose fight. He was bigger faster but not as agile. He was like a cruiser and I was a fighter jetbattling over resources in this case food. I was maybe 60 metres from the eagle and closing fast. It was a giant game of chicken that would almost certainly end in death for either but it was worth the risk for control of a prairie dog den. 30, 25, 20, 15, 10 ,5 . . . I adjusted my height so I was below my enemy, my talons at the ready . . . 0. I slit his throat down to his stomach the golden eagle fell out of the sky and into a heap on the ground the den was mine.I glided down to collect my trophy that I would soon eat and use as bragging rites to my friends and also control of a prairie dog den. This was my lucky day.

Ferruginous Hawk by Lyander

Genus species: buteo regalis

Status: At Risk (AR)

Type: Bird

Class: Aves

Diet: carnivore

Weight: 977 to 2,267 g

Average lifespan: 21 years if you're lucky

Life cycle: eyas>male tierces>female hen

Role in nutrient cycle: consumer

Group name: Cast

SMASH! The Male moose also known as a bull spins around to hear and see the end of a huge fight. It’s the middle of mating season so he goes up to the bull that had won the battle. He accepts and the battle begins. The two bull’s antlers which are the size of snowplows collide and all the female moose also known as a cow turn and see their antlers collide with a bang. Their big antlers are stuck! They can’t get their antlers unstuck. They both perish because they can’t get their rations. Everyone moves on with their life and mating season is over. The baby moose all go to their mom to eat their daily share of shrubs.This tastes like candy one of the calves thought to herself.  One of the cows heads over to where some of the higher grass is because her neck is getting sore from bending over to get some smaller shrubs. A couple minutes later she started to walk over to the herd to go to bed for the night. The next morning all of the moose smelled humans and started going in the opposite direction just in case they were a threat to them. CRASH! All the bulls and cows look to see a ginormous tree fallen to their right, as well as a big scary machine. They all flee and hide in the forest; they all got away but they still heard the loud rumble in their heads as they go to sleep.

 

Moose by Faith

Genus species: alces alces

Diet: Herbivore

Type: mammal

Average life span: 15-20 years

Life cycle: calf-the juvenile moose- prime breeders-seniors

Size: height shoulder 1.4 – 2.1 m 

Weight: 380 – 700 kg

Group name: herd

Status: Least Concern population increasing

Role in nutrient cycle: consumer

The Painted turtle trods along the dirty patch of swamp grass trying to spot an insect to eat. As it pokes its head slowly around a corner, hoping to catch an insect off guard a giant muskrat was standing on his hind legs staring at the turtle. The western painted turtle tried to get away as fast as he could but the muskrat was faster the turtle felt the cold damp ground below his feet, and knew this might be the end. Everything went in slow motion He could sense the whiff the damp grass from the rain that had came earlier. He realized he had a chance. He launched his head and legs back into his shell. Hopefully the muskrat would not catch him. He heard a giant clanging sound and it left him with a ringing in his ears. He cowered in his shell until he thought it was gone. He came out of his shell slowly to find a snail crawling across a log. He snapped up the snail and felt the juicy smooth body slither down his throat. The pieces of shell were no problem. He slipped back into the water and swam away.

Genus Species:chrysemys picta

Kingdom: Animalia

Status LC (least concern)

Lifespan 50 years in captivity

Lifespan 20-30 years in wild

Diet: Omnivore

Group name: bale

Weight: 300 - 500G

Role in Nutrient Cycle: Consumer

Type: Reptile

Size: 17.18 cm Average              

Life cycle: egg - hatchling - Juvenile - Subadult - Adult - Repeat

 

Painted Turtle by Andy

The fisher spider is concentrating only on delicious fish while it hangs its legs in the nice cold water attracting the fish to slowly come forth under the fisher spiders legs. After a few minutes a fish finally goes under the deadly depths of the spiders legs. With the speed of a cheetah the fisher spider closes its legs!!! it's a trap. The fisher spider bites the fish and kills it. It pulls the fish out of the water like a bear in the wild and eats it vigorously. The spider wanders of into the grass of the wetlands. It spots a beetle like a hawk and eats it exactly like it ate the fish. The fisher spider goes back to its nest speeding and make sure the eggs were ok. But they weren't. The fisher spider wanders of into the midst of the freezing wetlands. It spots a pond in the middle of the wetlands hoping to be safe. Swiftfully it gazes at a nest of 3 or 4 fisher spiders. The spider travels to the nest with the speed of a snake and makes a new home.                

Fisher Spider by Aydin

Genus species: dolomedes triton

Status: least concern  

Diet: carnivore       

Type:arachnid              

Life cycle: egg,egg sac,spiderlings,adult

Weight: 226 g

Size:5.mm

Group name: cluster or clutter

Role in the nutrient cycle: consumer

Slap! A monstrous leopard frog licks its chops. Oh no! A waterfowl comes to eat the frog. The leopard frog quickly hops to safety. the Frog hops to find water in a marsh. The leopard frog is mad at the waterfowl.The leopard frog is only 2 years old but is really fast so it can escape. The leopard frog hops around the marsh to find food. It eats a delicious cattail.The waterfowl comes back to eat him but the waterfowl cannot find the leopard frog because it is blending in with surroundings. The leopard frog smells to see if the waterfowl is still there. It does not smell the waterfowl and peeks out of its hiding place just to double check. It is not there so it continues doing normal things.

 

Genus species: lithobates pipiens

Status: least concern

Type: Amphibian

Size: 11 cm

Diet: Carnivore at adulthood

Diet: Tadpole stage omnivore

Group name: An Army

Life cycle:egg tadpole frog

Average life span: 2 to 4 years

Role in nutrient cycle: consumer

Northern Leopard Frog by Zachery

Chirp chirp chirp a baby house sparrow was just born. Another chick  broke its shell as well. The mother wasn't around. There were two more eggs that haven't moved yet they heard a sound like a crow they hide in their eggs. The mother finally arrived with food she was so happy to see her chicks. She built her nest on the side of a bridge using string and paper for the lining and also sticks and feathers. They heard a lot of humans talking so they fly away to their line of nests called neighboring. The chicks gobbled the worms that their mother found.  The worms had a weird scent to them.  It was a rainy night quite cold for the chicks so they huddled together to keep warm.

 

Genus species: passer domesticus

Status: Least concern

Type: Bird

Diet: herbivore

Habitat: buildings and shrubs

Group name: host

Weight: 24 - 40 g

Size: 18cm

Life cycle: eggs,chicks,house sparrow

Average  Lifespan: 3 years (in the wild)

Role in nutrient cycle: consumer

Sparrow by Draven

One day a backswimmer is swimming around and then it comes across a water boatman. It chases it then it bites it and eats it.  After eating its air bubble it spots a predator and is trying to catch it. It dashes to a hiding spot and the predator goes past. As it heard the water splash it vanished. Then as it comes out of the hiding it started to smell some food and followed the smell. After it ate the fish it felt the soft ground to lay down to rest for a while. After it woke up it looked around and saw some prey so it ate its prey and swam away again. Looking for some more food again but it eats its air bubble instead. Then continues the hunt for food and finds some food. Eating all the prey it found in an area full of food it went to its home. When it got home it just took a nap again for a while. After it woke up it did its whole routine again. And when it’s going hunting it finds a group of small fish. Except the group of fish was bigger so it starts to attack. And it gets most of the fish and it's full of food for now but it gets chased by another predator. So it hides again and the predator leaves it alone  and it heads to its home and starts to go to sleep.     

 

Genus species: notonecta undulata

Status: least concern   

Type: insect

Diet: carnivore

Life cycle: egg-nymph-adult    

size: 20mm long

Role in Nutrient Cycle: consumer  

Backswimmer by Tristan

WHOOSH the barn swallow flies by trying to catch a fly. The swallow gains quickly. The fly swerves in a desperate attempt to shake off the swallow. Even so the juicy fly is soon slithering down the swallow’s throat. It's not enough to satisfy the swallow’s hunger. The swallow keeps repeating the process for hours until its hunger is satisfied. Then he must build the nest for his young. But first he has to scout for the right place to build it. He flew around for a while. Then he found the perfect place. It was on the side of a bridge about 10 feet above the river. Finally he could start building his nest. It took about 1,000 trips of collecting mud a lot of spit and then it was finally done.

 

Barn Swallow by Will

Genus species: hirundo rustica

Status: least concern

Type: bird

Diet: insectivore

Average life span: 4 years

Life cycle: egg,chick,adult

Length: 15-20 cm

Weight: 18g

Group name: flight

Role in nutrient cycle: consumer  

 

Boom splash the giant water bug latches onto the fish and starts to flip it onto its back.   While the fish struggles in pain he starts to squeal he tries to fight back but it has no choice but to give up while the giant water bug finishes it off with one last latch. The giant water bug sees something strange as it has no way to get back home  but where that mysterious figure is. The giant water bug has no choice but to swim as fast as it could. It turned out to be a little fish so he swims past like nothing happened. He swims back to see if his eggs have hatched. Only two of them had he was sort of disappointed because he ate a whole fish to feed to his kids. The giant water bug flew out of the pond in Alberta stuck in a net as he saw a human trying to catch him. As it sees a bird coming towards him his legs started to shake as he started to hide.The bird got closer. The giant water bugs legs started to shake faster as the bird dipped its head into the water. The giant water bug hid behind  a rock. As soon as it hit dusk the giant water bug went to sleep.              

Giant Waterbug by Ayden

Genus species:  lethocerus americanus

Status: not at risk

Type: insect

Diet: Omnivore

Average life span: one year or longer

Life cycle: Egg, 5 stages of larva, adult,

Size: 2cm-12cm

Role in nutrient cycle: consumer