John and I love the world around us and enjoy learning more about it as we work on our About and About Habitats series. We gather information about our subjects from many areas, including some that require travel to experience. When we started working on About Habitats: Polar Regions, we decided it would be fun to visit one.
|Photo credit: Cathryn Sill|
Since Antarctica is on the other side of the world and the cost would wreck havoc on our budget, we decided to visit the Arctic. We were there in the summer so the sun never set. Our sleep patterns were disrupted, but because of unlimited daylight we would look for birds and explore without the added pressure of getting finished by dark. Watching Snowy Owls in the beautiful “butter light” at 2:00 am was an experience to remember. When we got tired enough to sleep, we would just close the blinds, turn off the lights, and pretend it was bedtime.
|Snowy Owl (photo credit: Cathryn Sill)|
|Left: Arctic Tern (photo credit: Cathryn Sill)
Right: Arctic Terns, from About Habitats: Polar Regions
|Pectoral Sandpiper (photo credit: Cathryn Sill)|
|Left: American Golden Plover (photo credit: Cathryn Sill)
Right: American Golden Plover, from About Habitats: Polar Regions
|Left: Muskoxen (photo credit: Cathryn Sill)
Right: Muskoxen, from About Habitats, Polar Regions
About Habitats: Polar Regions can be found at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble.
For the About Habitats series Teacher’s Guide, click here.