National Geographic : 1996 Oct
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Ceoguide Where the Wild Things Go With adeafening din snow geese (above) descend for the * If you examine the map on federal land, but most is night at Squaw Creek National pages 12-13, you'll see that the grouped in one region. Consid- Wildlife Refuge in Missouri. dots marking national wildlife ering how the nation was settled These wetlands offer rest and refuges tend to be clustered and what the landscapes are rations to 450,000 birds on the rather than scattered. Near what like, explain the distribution of wing between the Arctic and kinds of natural features have federal lands. winter quarters along the Gulf the refuges been concentrated? UAsshownonthemapon of Mexico. A California tiger Why do you think those lands pages 12-13 all four migratory salamander, shy resident of were set aside for wildlife? flyways follow north-south San Luis refuge, spends life U When the author visited sum- routes. Why? If you compare largely underground. mer breeding grounds for birds in Yukon Delta National Wild life Refuge in Alaska, he found godwits from Australia and sandpipers from Paraguay. Which birds had flown farther? Once you've guessed, use a world map or globe to check distances. What bodies of water did each of the birds cross? I On the pull-out map supple ment "Federal Lands in Fifty States," every state shows some that map with the "Physical Landscape" map on the back of the sup plement and lay string on the larger map to show where the flyways are, what can you say about the types of terrain over which the birds fly? Does it tend to be mountainous or flat, dry or wet? USE GEOGUIDE ALONG WITH THE ARTICLE "SANCTUARY: U.S. NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES" IN THIS ISSUE TO CAPTURE THE INTEREST OF YOUNG READERS AND STIMULATE DISCUSSION WITH THEM.