Natural History Unit 10: Mammals of Kansas

Unit X: Mammals of Kansas (Question-based Objectives)

Keywords– Badger, Beaver, Bobcat, Eastern Cottontail, Coyote, Big Brown Bat, Gray Squirrel, Fox Squirrel, Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Mink, Muskrat, Opossum, Raccoon, Red Fox, Striped Skunk, White-footed Mouse, Woodchuck, Porcupine, White-tailed Deer, Pronghorn, Nine-banded Armadillo, American Bison, Mountain Lion, River Otter, Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Objectives

1. What are some mammals that can commonly be found in Kansas, and what are some interesting facts about them?

2. How are the mammals of Kansas we’ll study related to each other?

3. What can be learned by studying the skulls of mammals?

4. How can different mammals of Kansas be identified by their tracks?

5. What can owl pellets teach about an owl’s diet?

6. What can be learned by studying mammal behavior?

7. How are Mammals of Kansas related to each other?

Activities/Labs

1. Complete “Mammals in Kansas Fact Find Questions” using Mammals in Kansas Information PPT and/or field guides.

2. Identify all species from “Mammals In Kansas Practice PPT” (using Information PPT and field guides)

3. Create Mammals of Kansas Classification Concept Map using “A Checklist to Kansas Mammals”.

4. “Animal Skulls” (study and identification project)

5. Tracks (LUTS 158)

6. Human Behavior (LFAS 107)

Extensions-

1. Aging Deer Skulls (LUTS 173)

2. Horns & Antlers (LFAS 110)

3. Preparation (LUTS 129-130)

Further Research: evolution of Kansas mammals, ancient mammals of Kansas, deer population studies in Kansas, management of feral pigs, are mountain lions in Kansas?, rabies in Kansas, Chronic Wasting Disease in Kansas, grazing studies on bison versus cattle, leprosy in armadillos, beaver community interactions, detailed research into any of the mammal species we’ve studied, prairie dog town ecology, Kansas bat populations, historical importance of taxidermy, Lewis Lindsay Dyche, SINC, Threatened, and Endangered Kansas Mammals, etc.

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