Wolf Ridge

Small Mammals


Animal Ecology
| 4th Grade - Adult
| Half Day 3 hrs
| Easy

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In this animal ecology class, students will learn characteristics of some of the small mammals in northern Minnesota. By traveling through various habitats searching for small mammal signs, they will learn about the role these small creatures play in the environment. Students then set out live traps overnight. These will be collected in the morning and animals observed before being released back into the wild.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the Small Mammals class, students will be able to:

  • List the four characteristics that distinguish mammals from other animals.
  • Define niche and describe which niche is occupied by each of the small mammals native to northeastern Minnesota.
  • Find and interpret signs left by small mammals.
  • Describe a predator/prey relationship including small mammals.
  • Prepare and set a live trap for small mammals while responsibly monitoring and caring for the trap and any animals caught.