Awesome Otters Week #7 Blogging Challenge

I have always liked otters. When I was little I always wanted to be a one. I thought that the idea of being able to dart underwater and catch fish sounded fun! When I was at the pool I would practice holding my breath. These are some things I know about North American river otters. A North American river otter is a mammal that is a part of the weasel  family. The weasel family is full of Mustelids, there are about 65 different animals in the weasel family. Some of the different members of the weasel family are, BADGER, WOLVERINE, FERRET. And more

You can Identify otters for their stout body, short legs, tapered tail and glossy fur. Otters stout body, webbed feet, flat head, and their closable nostrils help them get around and hunt underwater easily. Their eyes, ears, and nose are on the top of their head so they can see, hear, and smell better while the rest of there body is in water. Fur color can range from light brown to black, with a lighter, grayish colored chin and throat. River otters can be found in all watersheds of New York.

Otters eyes are shaped in a way that helps their underwater vision be sharper in situations where the water is murky. They use their ‘motion sensitive’ whiskers that help them cue in on prey location and movement. Although fish comprise the majority of their diet, amphibians and crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates are also taken when available. They are mainly only social with there the other otters in their family.  These are some pictures of some North American otters! 

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Week #7 blogging challenge How to live like a wolf


Week #7 By Fiona, How to live like a wolf


I got out of my car, too excited to go inside the gate. I was going to the wolf sanctuary.

Wolves are my favorite animal, I have my reasons to love them so much. I feel like I am so connected with them. They are amazing animals, also what is so smart is that they travel in packs with a leader.

They do this so that the pack doesn’t go off and do whatever they want. If that happened then the wolves wouldn’t survive. The alpha or the pack leader is usually male because male wolves are bigger, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t female alphas out there. Once the pack hunts the alpha always eats first, to prevent fighting over food. Wolves are loyal, brave, sensitive and fierce. They never leave their pack behind.   

There are probably more breeds than you think.. There are about 39 different breeds of wolves.

There are also different positions of a pack, They include; The alpha(The leader), Beta(The wolves in line that will eventually replace the alpha when dead) and finally the Omega( The lowest position of the pack.) So wolves are pretty much one of the coolest animals in my opinion!!!


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Dog, Labrador wolf, Honshu wolf, Arctic wolf, Dingo, Mexican wolf, Indian wolf, Manitoba wolf, Eurasian wolf, Tundra wolf, Tibetan wolf, Iberian wolf, Hokkaido wolf, Arabian wolf, Northwestern wolf, Alaskan Tundra wolf, Bernard’s wolf, Greenland wolf, Great plains wolf, Northern rocky mountain wolf, Florida black wolf, Alexander Archipelago wolf, Texas wolf, Kenai Peninsula wolf, New guinea singing dog, Steppe wolf, Yukon wolf, Hudson Bay wolf, Newfoundland wolf, Vancouver island wolf, British Columbia wolf, Cascade mountain wolf, Baffin island wolf, Mogollon mountain wolf, Mackenzie river wolf, Canis lupus dingo, Gregory wolf last but not least the Southern Rocky mountains wolf.

Here are my sources: Source 1 Source 2 Check out my presentation here: Presentation


Week #7 Space By Zacharias

One reason I really love space is because it is a place that you could wonder about and there is no right or wrong reason because we just do not know what could be out in space.Another thing that inspires me about space is that it is never ending world of wonder.Another thing is that space is a world that has not been fully explored. Some people think that space is a place that is like a world of the monsters. There is nothing  to be afraid of and that space is really a good place. The sun is an amazing 300,00 times bigger than earth. Venus is the hottest planet because it’s temp. is 450 degrees celsius.


Scientists think that an asteroid hit this planet 650 million years ago and that caused the death of all of the dinosaurs. Because of the lower gravity in space a person that weighs 200 pounds on earth wood only amount to 76 pounds on the surface of mars.

It is because of the sun and the moons that we have low and high tides. The solar system formed over 4.6 billion years ago.


My conclusion is that people should read and look up a lot about space because there is so much to be explored. I want you to know that I happen to love space and I love Looking at the stairs and the moon through my telescope.

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#7 The Green and Blue Mountain By Caidin

Blogging challenge #7

The Beautiful Adirondacks by:Caidin

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For my Blogging challenge # 7 I am going to write about the Adirondack Mountains. The reason I want to write about them is because my cousins live there. I have loved going there since I was young. There is this one cliff called Moose Rock where you can jump off into the water and the rocks provide a way back up! It is a beautiful place with all of its green trees and glimmering lakes.  

Did you know that the Adirondack Mountains are more than 5,000,000 years old! They also span over six million acres in Northern New York. The Adirondacks are larger than Vermont’s whole state! They have more than 2,000 hiking trails, more than 3,000 lakes and 1,200 miles of river. Believe it or not the Adirondacks were created by a glacier! Some of the ponds you now see while hiking began as a kettle hole*. The Adirondacks are not like the Rockies or the Appalachians. The reason it is not like them is because the Appalachians and the Rockies are both in a straight (ish) line. The Adirondacks have a 160 mile wide dome that has more than 100 peaks.

Oh and if you were wondering what a Kettle hole Is I will tell you. A Kettle hole is created by a chunk of ice falling from a glacier and lodging itself in the ground. The ice block then gets covered by sand or gravel it then melts and creates a depression (dent) in the ground. Which is a Kettle Hole after the kettle hole extends past the water table the water spurts up and creates a pond.

If you have ever visited or know someone who lives in the Adirondacks please tell me down below in the comment section until then Happy Blogging.

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Week #7 Come Sail With Me On The Hudson By: Yasmeen

For this week’s blogging challenge we have been asked to write about something that has not been made by mankind.

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George Washington Bridge @ Fort Washington Park, Washington Heights, Manhattan, NYCThe Hudson River gets a lot of tourism because of its history  An explorer named Henry Hudson was on a voyage to this continent and he discovered the Hudson River. Henry was the first European sailor to the discover the Hudson, which is where the Hudson River got its name. The Hudson River had been very useful to sailors because they used it for navigation. The Hudson River is 315 miles long and the deepest part is near West Point which is 216 ft deep, which is also the deepest part of the Hudson river.

The Hudson River runs through the Adirondack mountains and into upstate New York. It also goes through the New York harbor, and down until the empty parts in the Atlantic. The Hudson River flows south, but in some parts is flows both ways and meets in the mouth of the river in New York city

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Something that intrigues me about the Hudson is that there is so much in the Hudson to be explored, and maybe I could be the one to explore it. The history in the Hudson is so wonderful because of the sites we can see from the walkway. So let’s go explore it!

People enjoy visiting the river because of all the beautiful fish in it. Unfortunately, most of the fish in the Hudson River are getting sick because of pollution, which is not healthy for them. People think they can throw whatever they want in the Hudson River which is not right. But they’re wrong. We should stand up for this right. Anytime you see a piece of trash anywhere you should pick it up because it will make you and our environment feel good.


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Also, something you could do is when you drink a bottle of water and there is some left do not throw that water out, as that water could save a lot of fish. All animals should be treated nicely. Animals have just as much right as we have to be here. I know you wouldn’t like it if someone threw trash at you so don’t do it to the fish. Even if you don’t like fish don’t hurt them because they live on one part of the land and you live on the other. 

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Many people get their drinking water from the Hudson River, so let’s stop pollution and fight to save the Hudson and drinking water. So remember to keep all the rivers, streams ocean etc clean. Because with your help we can save the Hudson, but not only the Hudson all of the streams and rivers and oceans. Once again let’s fight to keep the Hudson clean.

Don’t forget to comment below and give me some suggestions. Also, I would be more than happy to answer any of them.



Teddy Bear Puppies come to life ~all about dogs~ by Ryanne

I have two dogs, one is a girl and one is a boy. The girl’s name is Layla and the boy’s name is Cobey. They are Teddy Bear Puppies (a mix of  Bichon and Shih-tzu). They are also called Zuchons and Shichons. I got my dogs off of a website and they flew on an airplane all the way here.  I am not only going to talk about my dogs, I am going to focus on telling you everything about Teddy Bear Puppies. Here is a video of Teddy Bear Puppies playing! I am just making it clear that I’m going to call them Teddy Bears from now on so please don’t get confused.  I am talking about a type of dog.  


Teddy Bears have real hair instead of fur and because of that they don’t shed. The dogs barely grow and at two years old they are full grown. Teddy Bears weigh from 5 to 16 pounds. A sixteen pound Teddy Bear would be surprising to me, but I have heard about them a couple times. My dog Cobey is about 7 months old. When he is fully grown he will be about 12 pounds. When you get a Teddy Bear Puppy it will probably say what size it is. Cobey is a regular size. Layla is a toy size. Layla is 2 years old (almost 3) and she is fully grown at 10 pounds. The reason Cobey is younger but heavier is because regular size is bigger than toy size. There’s also a size smaller than Layla called tiny toy. They are so small you have to be really careful and you can’t leave them for longer than 3-4 hours. They highly recommend being older than eight years old to get a tiny toy.


The name Teddy Bears came from their looks. They have big eyes and long soft fur. If you don’t cut their fur monthly their hair will be super long. Their fur comes in a lot of different patterns. Teddy Bear are not mean at all. They could play bite because of  playing or teething, but it does not break the skin. Teddy Bears are really hard to potty train and it could take months. Teddy Bears love to do tricks! They are easy to train for tricks but not easy to train for potty training. They are mostly well mannered pups. The puppies love to play and cuddle with you. They love to play all day and snuggle in your bed at night (when they are potty trained). That is it for Teddy Bear Puppies hope you enjoyed reading all about dogs!

Comment if you have a dog or If you want a dog. What kind do you have or want? What is its name or what would be its name.

These are my Puppies and a drawing I drew!! 

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Week 7# Running Like the Wind – By Eden

These animals are more than just a help.

Horses have been around for about 55 million years. They are ridden by humans these days usually for pleasure, horse shows and some help. Back then horses were used for battle, lots of work and traveling. As many horses are tamed today, there are still a few preserved herds out in the wild. One popular herd is the ponies out in Assateague Island, sometimes called the “Chincoteague”ponies. This is yes, a wild horse herd but this herd isn’t completely wild. They are on safe land where no one can hunt or steal any of them. Actually, they all have names! This herd has been preserved and still will be in the near future for as long as we can. Here is a link to a site about them: Wild Horses.

 Horses do many unique things, they are all bred to do something different. Horses come in various sizes and forms. There are ponies, light horses and heavy horses. Light horses jump and race. They do more with speed, while heavy horses pull carts or carriages. Heavy horses have a more stocky build then skinner so it gives them the ability to pull heavy things, but that doesn’t mean they can’t jump! Ponies come heavy and light. To be considered a pony they would have to be under 56 inches or 14 hands in equine terms.

Here is a link to a site on Heavy, Light and Ponies and some other facts.


Horses are not a new species. They have been around for millions of years. They have evolved from a small creature similar to a rabbit called the Eohippus. Then it was the Mesohippus, which was a little bigger, like a small dog. After that there was the Merychippus which was the size of a middle sized dog. Second to last the Pliohippus which was the size of a miniature horse or a big dog. Lastly there was the Equus, the modern day horse we ride. There are more versions but these are just a few common ones. Here is the link to a site on more about this Evolution of Horses.



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Week #7 Lurchers Of The Woods BY Tess

I’ve always been interested in foxes. When I was little I always missed seeing them in my backyard. Foxes are beautiful creatures with red, white and black fur. They are found in many places including North America and Asia. Foxes are a part of the Canidae family. Some other animals in the Canidae family are Wolves and Dogs. I have always found foxes around my house in the woods. In researching this was a big question for me. I found out foxes live in an environment with mostly trees and grass. So you’re most likely to see them in a forest or a grassy field. But, you could also see them in other places like mountains and down by Oceans.


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Foxes are about the size of a medium sized dog. So they don’t look as scary as some other creatures. Last time I saw a fox it ran away before I could get a glimpse of its face. So they aren’t too fierce around humans unless you meet the wrong one. But foxes aren’t human eating animals. They mostly eat meat and vegetation. Something’s foxes eat are Mice,Rabbits and Lizards. If a fox lives by the ocean, it can also eat fish and other sea creatures.

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Sadly, foxes don’t live that long out in the wild. They only live about 2 years. They can live 6 times longer in captivity. Up to 12 years! When you find foxes in the wild, they don’t look as pretty as you might think. My father told me the last fox he saw was ragged and dirty. But, if you see them in captivity they look great! This really shows the living differences in captivity and in the wild.

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Foxes usually only have one mate but can have more. They also can have nannies who look over the pups for the mother and father. Nannies are foxes that don’t have mates. So they really devote their time to the pups.They are almost like humans! Another thing that makes foxes like us is they can identify each others voices. They have many different sounds they communicate through. Overall foxes are beautiful creatures that I don’t think should be hunted. Please if you can help, try! I bet foxes would love it!


Here are the two links I got my information from!

Week#7 Meerkats: The Adorable Mammals Of Africa by Zoë

Meerkats are brown, fuzzy little members of the mongoose family with long tails (surprisingly non-bushy for the mongoose family,) that help them stand upright, and long claws, (almost one inch long each) for digging. This is because a lot of the food they eat comes from underground. Learn more about meerkat’s hunting techniques . . . They like to eat scorpions, and insects, although they also eat small mammals. Meerkats have black patches around their eyes, to protect from the sun, and ears that can fold down for convenience when digging. Learn more meerkat trivia at World Animal Foundation, Mental Floss, and World Wildlife Fund.


Meerkats teach their young to hunt for food. When meerkats are very young the adult meerkats give the little meerkats dead prey, and as they get older, the adult scorpions will maybe disable the prey, so, for example, the adult meerkat might bite off a scorpion’s stinger. (Meerkats are immune to scorpion venom!) When the meerkat pups are nearly adults, they are presented with (for example) an alive and completely able scorpion, and forced to kill it by themselves. Learn more about this . . .

Meerkats live in groups, or mobs, of 20, usually, but they can be as big as 40. In these mobs, there is usually one dominant female meerkat and male meerkat, and the female meerkat is sort of in charge of the whole mob. These meerkat patriarchs are generally the only females in the mob allowed to have pups, and if any other meerkats reproduce, the alpha female kills the new litter of pups and gives the lower level females who dared to reproduce two options: to either leave the mob and try to fend  for themselves, or  be a nanny of sorts to the alpha female’s litter. Learn more about meerkat alpha females at and Mental Floss . . .

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When meerkats are really young, they follow adults around, squeaking for food. Adults will sacrifice their own meals. Zoologists at the university of Cambridge studied groups of wild meerkats to try to understand why the young meerkats stopped begging for free meals. They found that as a meerkat’s voice’s pitch changed as it grew older, the meerkat became less persuasive in getting food from adults. In a nutshell, the older the meerkats got and the more their pitch changed, the less likely the chance of the adults giving them food. The zoologists followed adult meerkats with speakers that played young meerkat squeaking. The adults started offering their food even to young adult meerkats, who would normally have not been able to beg their way out of finding their own food. Learn more about this . . .

Meerkats live in Africa and while they are not endangered, they are one of the most strictly regulated species in the world. They are known for their tendency to stand upright.








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Week#7 Falling into Waterfalls By Neha

Since I was about 6, I have loved looking at waterfalls and walking through the mist. It never occurred to me that I didn’t know  much about them. So now I think this is the perfect time to talk about them and do some research on waterfalls.

Ok, so  first let’s start to talk about their form. Waterfalls are commonly formed in the upper course of the river . The channel is soft, narrow, and deep. Whirlpools are created in the turbulence as well as sand and stones carried by the watercourse that  increase erosion capacity.

Last summer, when my family and I went to Turks and Caicos there was a waterfall and my dad and sister went in it but my mom and I didn’t. There were stones in the water and when my dad went in, he had to wear his flip flops because the stones were too  hard to step on. Maybe that waterfall had erosion. Anyway, a river sometimes flows over a large step in the rocks that may have been formed by a fault line. Waterfalls can occur along the edge of a glacial trough where a stream or river flowing into a glacier continues to flow into a valley when the glacier has melted. That was just a little bit about waterfalls and how they form.  Here is a picture that might help you understand: 

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This is a diagram of how a waterfall is formed. From Wikipedia 


There are many beautiful waterfalls around the world. I will list some famous ones. Yosemite Falls which is 739 meters ( 2,425 ft.) located in Yosemite National Park , United States.  I have been there a couple years ago and it is amazing, the park is beautiful. The Waihilau Falls,  is at 792 meters ( 2,598 ft.). Angel Falls in   Venezuela is  the world’s  tallest above-water waterfall at 979 meters  (3,212 ft).  

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Angel Falls , Venezuela.

There are many different types of waterfalls , here are some of them. A block/sheet  waterfall is when water descends from a relatively wide stream or river. A cascade waterfall is when water descends a series of rock steps. Slide waterfalls are when water glides down maintaining continuous contact. A frozen waterfall ( you probably guessed it ) has an element of ice or even snow! Anyway, these are just some facts about waterfalls. I hope this post was very helpful to you!

 Here’s  the link to where I got all my information from wikipedia