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Topics Blog Entries

  • PHOTOSYNTHESIS AND RESPIRATION
  • INSECTA
  • MYRIAPODA
  • MAMMALS
  • “HIGHER” PRIMATES
  • Transition from Eastern to Western Forests (include as many types as possible)
  • Grasslands (Tallgrass to Shortgrass)
  • Wetlands
  • Exotic Plants and Animals
  • Alpine Tundra
  • Photosynthesis (C3 & C4) including physics of light
  • Cellular Respiration (tied in with altitude, human physiology)
  • Genetically Modified Foods, Organic Farming
ORGANISMS:
  • Garden Plants
  • Marattiales – Ferns
  • Ginkgophyta – Ginkgo biloba
  • Gnetales – Joint Firs
  • Welwitschiales – Welwitschia
  • Araucariaceae – Norfolk Island Pine
  • Cephalotaxaceae – Plum-Yew
  • Podocarpaceae – Podocarpus
  • Sciadopityaceae – Umbrella Pine
  • Cathaya
  • Pseudolarix
  • Amborellaceae – Amborella
  • Austrobaileyales – Anise Tree
  • Asparagaceae - Asparagus
  • Hemerocallidaceae - Day Lilies
  • Pandanales – Screw-Pines, Panama Hats
  • Cyperaceae - Sedges
  • Poaceae - Grasses
  • Typhaceae - Cattails
  • Buxales – Boxwood
  • Theaceae - Teas
  • Garryales – Japanese Aucuba
  • Gentianales – Gentians, Madders, Dogbanes
  • Asterales – Sunflowers, Sagebrush, Artichokes
  • Cucurbitales – Cucumbers, Begonias, Squashes
  • Malpighiales – Willows, Violets, Flaxes, Spurges, Aspens, Cottonwoods
  • Moraceae - Mulberries, Osage Orange
  • Thysanura – Silverfish, Firebrats
  • Ephemeroptera – Mayflies
  • Odonata – Dragonflies
  • Orthoptera – Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids
  • Mantodea – Mantids
  • Blattaria – Cockroaches
  • Isoptera – Termites
  • Phthiraptera – Lice
  • Hemiptera – True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids
  • Neuroptera – Lacewings, Ant Lions
  • Coleoptera - Beetles
  • Siphonaptera – Fleas
  • Lepidoptera – Butterflies, Moths
  • Diptera – Flies, Mosquitos
  • Hymenoptera – Ants, Bees, Wasps
  • Albuliformes – Bone Fishes
  • Osteoglossiformes – Bonytongues
  • Characiformes – Tetras, Piranhas, etc.
  • Dipnoi – Lungfishes
  • Gymnophiona – Caecilians
  • Mesobatrachia - Spadefoot Toads, Tongueless Frogs
  • Bufonoidea - True Toads, Tree Frogs, Southern Frogs
  • Ranoidea - True Frogs
  • Pleurodira - Side-Necked Turtles
  • Rheiformes – Rheas
  • Anseriformes – Ducks, Geese, Teals, Swans
  • Galliformes – Turkeys, Chickens, Quails, Ptarmigans
  • Gruiformes – Cranes, Rails, Sunbitterns
  • Musophagiformes – Turacos, Go-Away-Birds
  • Dasypodidae – Nine-Banded Armadillo
  • Megalonychidae – Two-Toed Sloth
  • Myrmecophagidae – Anteaters
  • Orycteropodidae – Aardvark
  • Elephantidae – Elephants
  • Procaviidae – Hyraxes
  • Macroscelididae – Elephant Shrews
  • Tenrecidae – Tenrecs
  • Erinaceidae – Hedgehog
  • Soricidae – Shrews
  • Talpidae – Moles
  • Equidae – Horses
  • Rhinocerotidae – Rhinoceroses
  • Tapiridae – Tapirs
  • Mephitidae – Skunks
  • Pteropodidae – Flying Foxes
  • Dipodidae – Greater Egyptian Jerboa
  • Muridae – Mice, Voles, Muskrats
  • Myoxidae – Woodland Dormouse
  • Sciuridae – Squirrels, Chipmonks, Marmots
  • Bathyergidae – Naked Mole-Rat
  • Chinchillidae – Chinchillas
  • Dasyproctidae – Agoutis
  • Hystricidae – Crested Porcupines
  • Myocastoridae – Nutria
  • Octodontidae – Degu
  • Ochotonidae – Pikas
  • Callitrichidae – Marmosets, Tamarins
  • Cebidae – New-World Monkeys
  • Cercopithecidae – Baboons, Macaques, Old-World Monkeys
  • Hylobatidae – Gibbons
  • Pongo pygmaeus abelii – Orangutan
  • Gorilla gorilla – Gorilla
  • Pan troglodytes – Chimpanzee
  • Homo sapiens - Humans

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Image: Grasslands, like these in the Konza Prairie, are a focus of Trip 6.


Trip 6 - Heartland
  1. Missouri Botanical Garden
  2. Onondaga Cave State Park
  3. Konza Prairie (LTER Site)
  4. Cheyenne Bottoms/
    Quivera National Wildlife Refuge
  5. Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita
  6. Pawnee National Grassland (LTER Site)
  7. Rocky Mounatin National Park
  8. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  9. Platte River Valley
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Alternate Sites:

  • Butterfly House, Chesterfield
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • America's Wildlife Museum
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Fitch Nature Preserve
  • Baker Wetlands
  • Tulsa Zoo
  • Oklahoma City Zoo
  • Quivera National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Denver Zoo
  • Niwot Ridge (LTER Site)