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Grasslands and the organisms that live in them, like this grasshopper, are a focus in Trip 6.

Trip 6 Topics

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Biology Topics

  • 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
  • Alpine Tundra
  • Photosynthesis (C3 & C4) including physics of light
  • Cellular Respiration (tied in with altitude, human physiology)
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

Human Effects on the Environment and Our Own Health

  • Fracking (Earthquakes in Wichita due to fracking in Oklahoma, groundwater, etc.)
  • Alternative Energies (Wind, Solar, Passive Geothermal)
  • Habitat Fragmentation and the Endangered Species Act (Black-Footed Ferret)
  • Non-Native Plants and Animals

Personalities in Conservation and Nature

  • Marlin Perkins (Omaha Zoo)


 

 
Trip Menu
  1. Greater Yellowstone
  2. Southeast
  3. Northeast
  4. Four Corners
  5. Northwest
  6. Heartland
    1. Missouri Botanical Garden
    2. Onondaga Cave State Park
    3. Konza Prairie (LTER Site)
    4. Cheyenne Bottoms/
      Quivera National Wildlife Refuge
    5. Pawnee National Grassland (LTER Site)
    6. Rocky Mounatin National Park
    7. Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita
    8. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
    9. Platte River Valley
    • Trip 6 Topics
  7. California
  8. Great Lakes
  9. Southwest
  10. Mid-Atlantic
  11. Alaska
  12. Hawaii
 

Trip 6 Map


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
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Denver Zoo
  • Niwot Ridge (LTER Site)


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