Envirothon acrostics

These nature inspired poems were written by members of Mrs. Antoun’s fourth grade Envirothon Team at Sinking Springs Elementary, Central York School District.

By Abby Cousins
White spots on the young
Had virtually disappeared here by 1900, but now common
Is a very fast runner
Twin and triplet fawns
Each fawn has different spots
The state mammal of Pennsylvania
Antlers on the males
If fed food like corn, the deer will get sick and die
Likes to eat different foods in different seasons

Does are the female scientific name
Eats small twigs, acorns, and many kinds of plants
Elk is confused with the White-tailed Deer
Ruminants, an example is a cow (chewing cud)

By Nolan Thomas

Bats leave roost at dusk.
Roost may stick.
One young per year.
Weighs a quarter of a ounce.
Brown in color.
Are the only flying mammals.
Trees to live in.

Members of Weasel family
It has soft, lustrous fur.
Naked and blind at birth.
Kind of rodent.

By Nicole Chiaverini

Cover for protection
Often hide in woodchuck holes
They live in brushy areas
Thorny briars protect them from danger
Often found on farms
Native to the U.S
Terrified of foxes, hawks, and owls
Active at dawn and dusk
Intersted in vegetables
Litters up to 6-7 babies

Run very fast
Also are very good hoppers
Bushy tails
Big growing teeth
Is popular in PA
Tall ears

By Alexandra M. Strausbaugh

Species is distinctive
Pond habitat
Only live from 10-20 years
They have 5 toes on rear and 4 on front feet
They have vertical indentions
Eggs usually hatch 30-60 days after laid.
Dark brown, yellow, blue-gray, and black bodies

Six to eight in. long
Are found in eastern PA
Lifestyle is like a mole
American toads are predators
Massed eggs
Also native all over North America
Nickname is “Mole Salamander”
Decomposing leaves make shelter
Eats leaves and soil invertebrates
Road mortality affecting species

By Kendall Saffin

Eats acorns
Animals live in neighborhoods
Tiny little body
Eats seeds
Rodent makes lots of sound
Naughty by dinging holes in your backyard

Chipies dig long complicated burrows
Habitat is neighborhood
Inches long equals 9-10
Puffy tails
Under ground burrows
Nickname is chipies
Keeps food in pouches

By Matt Richard

Berry pickers
Lives in a den
Attack if harmed
Common in north central and northeastern counties
Kind of Bear found in Pennsylvania

Bares young in a winter den
Eats garbage
Animals that are rodents taste good to them
Rare in Pennsylvania

By Kelli Snyder

Rivers are this otter’s home
Includes land as it’s home too
Very, very lively and playful
Eats a lot of aquatic animals and plants
Ramps down into the water

Once, these animals were almost all gone from this state
Takes some fishermen as predators
Thankful the Game Commission helped bring their population up
Eats crayfish too
Resented by fishermen for eating game fish

By Colin Parks

Build streambank burrows
Eats inner bark of trees
beAver weighs up to 60 pounds
Very strong teeth
Enjoys making dams for other animals

By Sarah N. Kapturowski

Red coat with black legs and ears
Eats small mammals, insects, fruit, eggs and birds
Doesn’t always dig its own den

Favorite habitat is farmland near woods
Orange more than red in color
eXcellent hunter

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