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Animals A to Z
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In the Field
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Snore and Roar
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Bridging the Americas
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Help Bring Back the Bison!
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Overview and Objectives
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Is There Life in a Decomposing Log?
Settle Down: Turbidity and Water Quality
Animal Tracks-What do they Reveal?
Let's bring bison back to our Zoo!
Documentation of how an animal divides its time among daily or seasonal activities.
The observable actions of an animal.
Collected information which can be quantitative (numerical) or qualitative (descriptive). Factual information used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation.
(verb) Write, record, or photograph information so it can be used as evidence.
A list of a species’ behaviors and the actions that define them.
A place providing appropriate living conditions for an organism, species, or community.
To gather information and direct evidence by using the senses or scientific instruments.
A diagram in the shape of a circle, divided into triangular sections that represent specific quantities of data in percentages, adding up to 100%.
An order of mammals that have large brains and complex hands and feet; includes humans, apes, and monkeys.
An attachment formed between two or more animals through interactions such as playing, grooming, and sharing food.
A group of similar organisms that can reproduce amongst themselves, with viable offspring.
An area in which an animal spends most of its time, which it may defend against intruders of the same species.
One iteration of a test or experiment.
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