Tiger

Facts: The largest of all the Asian big cats, tigers rely primarily on sight and sound rather than smell. They typically hunt alone and stalk prey. A tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time. On average, tigers give birth to 2-3 cubs every 2-2.5 years. If all the cubs in one litter die, a second litter may be produced within 5 months.

Tigers generally gain independence at two years of age and attain sexual maturity at 3-4 years for females and at 4-5 years for males. Juvenile mortality is high however—about half of all cubs do not survive more than two years. Tigers have been known to reach the age of 26 years in the wild. Across their range, tigers face unrelenting pressure from poaching, retaliatory killings and habitat loss. They are forced to compete for space with dense and often growing human populations.

Explanation: The animal pictures Billie sent made me get the idea!

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Green Hair streaked Butterfly

Facts:

An endangered butterfly, the Green Hairstreak Butterfly is isolated to three small parts of the city: Hawk Hill Park,Rocky Outcrop Park, and a small portion of the Presidio. Green Hairstreak larvae feed exclusively on the Coastal Buckwheat and conservation projects have focused on creating a corridor of these plants to “bridge” the three populations and prevent inbreeding. There are 50 green hair streaked butterflies left!

Explanation: Thomas just looked randomly and came along this.

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Guinea Pig

Facts:

Guinea pigs are tail-less rodents that are native to the west coast of South America and since the mid-1800′s, laboratories have used them for research. The correct name for guinea pigs is Cavy, pronounced “kay-vee”.
Guinea pigs usually weigh around 3 ounces at birth, around 1-2 pounds full grown, and live for 5-6 years. An adult will measure 8-10 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its rump. Their hair comes in a wide range of colors and the hair may be long, short or short and curly. Cavies have a very good sense of smell and sensitive hearing. They love to vocalize with squeals, chirps, squeaks, and whistles. Although not known for their intelligence, they do recognize their owners and will seek them out and return affection.

Explanation: Lovey wanted this because she doesn’t have another guinea pig friend and she’s worried about other guinea pigs.

Notice: Guinea pigs aren’t endangered!

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Ant-Blue Butterfly

Facts: Acrodipsas illidgei is an endangered butterfly inhabiting mangrove forests in southeastern Queensland, Australia. Concern over the effects of mosquito control activities prompted a broad-scale survey for the species at Coomera Island, in southeastern Queensland. The butterfly was recorded on the edge of an old-growth mangrove forest in close proximity to mosquito control runnels. Other forms of mosquito control at Coomera Island are unlikely to impact on the species because of the mode of action of larvicides used and the fact larvae occur within ant colonies formed in hollow stems and branches of mangrove trees. Further studies are required to more fully understand the relationships between mosquito control activities and the population dynamics of endangered species such as A. illidgei.

Explanation: I chose this because I was just scrolling around!

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Polar Bear

Facts:

New evidence suggests that the polar bear, Ursus maritimus, or the sea bear, started to evolve about five million years ago from brown bear ancestors. Unlike their land-based cousins, polar bears are superbly adapted for survival in the Far North on a sea ice habitat.
Polar bears live in the Arctic in areas where theyhunt seals at openings in sea ice called leads. Five nations have polar bear populations: the United States (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway.

Polar bears top the food chain in the Arctic, where they prey primarily on ringed seals. They reach these seals from a platform of sea ice.

Adult male polar bears weigh from 775 to 1,200 pounds. A few weigh more than 1,200 pounds, but these individuals would be exceptional. Females normally weigh 330 to 650 pounds. It’s not uncommon for female polar bears preparing to enter maternity dens in the fall to weigh over 600 pounds.

Females usually bear two cubs. Single cubs and triplets also occur depending on the health and condition of the mother. Cubs stay with their moms for up to 2-1/2 years, learning how to hunt and survive in the harsh arctic environment. Polar bears live in the circumpolar north in areas where they can hunt seals at openings in the sea ice called leads. They are found in Canada (home to roughly 60% of the world’s polar bears), the U.S. (Alaska), Greenland, Russia, and Norway (the Svalbard archipelago). Scientists have identified 19 populations of polar bears living in four differentice regions in the Arctic. Although popular art and children’s books often show polar bears and penguins together, the two live at opposite poles. Polar bears live in the Arctic. Penguins live in Antarctica.

Explanation: Thomas knew that polar bear was a bear and it was endangered and that is why he chose this animal!



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July’s Monthly Story

Fruit Fashion

One day a strawberry named Juicy Fashion was walking and said,”Perfect day for fashion”. She accidentally bumped into a blueberry named Tamed Blueberry at the moment. He said,”What a fantastic idea”. So they sent out invitations. Orange said she’d come. So did all the other fruits. All the males had to be judges, audience, and attendants while females could be in the fashion show. You’ll never guess who won the fashion show is! Did I hear you say Juicy Fashion? Well your correct! She got a large trophy and a piece of fruit cake. Everyone congratulated her!

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People To Thank For The Conference

Hi there! Click here for Thomas’s version of this thank-you post!

 

I’d like to thank Justin Hope Foundation, Robert Downs, Nevada Government’s Council On Development Disabilities, Patty Romano, and Frank Romano.

 

My favorite part of the conference was hanging out with my friends in the pool and anywhere else in the hotel. The feeling felt great, excited, and good!

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In The Good Ole SummerTime (Lillian’s Version)

Hi y’all, remember this song?

Lyrics to The Good Ole Summer Time (Lillian’s Version)

Chorus:

In the good ole summer time
In the good ole summer time

(Repeat Chorus x1)

We used to eat summer food
We used to eat summer food
Go to bed early
Go to bed early

Repeat Chorus x2

Go to bed early in the good ole summertime.
Go to bed early in the good ole summertime.

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