Category Archives: Animals

Flower Hat Jelly

This is a Flower Hat Jelly. They are found off the coast of Japan, but there have been sightings in Brazil and Argentina. Flower Hat Jellies eat fish and aquatic invertebrates. They catch them in their tentacles. This kills the … Continue reading

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Sea Lamprey

These are Sea Lampreys. They are also called Lake Lamprey, Spotted Lamprey, Eelsucker, Green Lamprey, or Shad Lamprey. Sea Lampreys are native to the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Black Sea. Although those are salt water, they enter … Continue reading

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White-Crested Laughing Thrush

This is a White-Crested Laughing Thrush (sometimes spelled laughingthrush.) It is native to Asian rainforests and the Himalayas.  They spend most of their time in the forest canopy. White-Chested Laughing Thrushes eat seeds, insects, and fruit. Even though the bird … Continue reading

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Elegant Crested Tinamou

This is an Elegant Crested Tinamou. Tinamous are closely related to birds like ostriches, emus, cassowaries, moas, elephant birds, and kiwis. But, even though none of those birds can fly, tinamous can. Elegant Crested Tinamous are native to South America. … Continue reading

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Banded Leporinus

This is a banded leporinus. It is also called black-banded leporinus. They are native to the Amazon, but have been introduced to Florida and Hawaii. However, no banded leporinuses have been seen in Hawaii since 2005. Banded leporinuses eat alage, … Continue reading

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A Rainbow of Insects

This is my new fair project for the Calumet County Fair.  You can see it at the fair this weekend, August 29-September 1, 2014.  I worked hard collecting all the bugs for this collection, but it was fun.  This year, … Continue reading

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Giant Clam

This is a giant clam.  It is also called pā’ua or taklobo in other countries.  Its scientific name is Tridacna gigas, which I think is funny sounding.  It lives in shallow coral reefs in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.  … Continue reading

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Blue-gray Tanager

This is a blue-gray tanager.  It is also called a blue jean.  It lives in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America.  It has been introduced into Lima, Peru and Hollywood, Florida.  It lives in gardens, farmlands, and forests.  It … Continue reading

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White-faced Whistling Duck

This is a white-faced whistling duck.  It has a wide-spread range in both the Old World and New World.  In the Old World it is found in Africa and Madagascar, and in the New World it is found in the … Continue reading

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The Insect 4-H Club

This is my project for the Calumet County Fair this year.  I got the idea from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., which we visited this summer.  We saw a beetle collection that was in the shape of a beetle!  … Continue reading

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