Calls of the Wild
|Fact - Pileated woodpeckers create large holes in dead trees and stumps to|
look for carpenter ants, termites and other bugs to eat. These woodpeckers also
dig out oblong holes in trees to use as nests. PDF (258 KB)
|Hear the pileated woodpecker here|
|Fact - Newborn grizzly bear cubs are blind, toothless and almost harmless.|
They are eight inches long and weigh a little more than a pound. They are born
in the winter and stay in the den with their mother until spring.
PDF (424 KB)
|Hear the grizzly bear here.|
|Fact - Male elk shed their antlers each winter. New antlers are covered with|
a soft layer of skin called velvet.
PDF (129 KB)
|Hear the elk bugling here.|
|Credit: Stacy Shelton/USFWS|
|Fact - The word "alligator" originated from the Spanish "el legarto,"|
which means "the Lizard."
PDF (129 KB)
|Hear the alligator bellow here.|
|Credit: Aaron Drew/USFWS|
|Fact - A rattlesnake's rattle comes from interlocking rings of keratin, a material|
like fingernails. A ring is added each time the snake sheds its skin. When vibrated,
the rings make a hissing sound that ward off predators. Young rattlesnakes have
no rattles and some older adults lose their rattles.
PDF (1 MB)
|Hear the snake's rattle here.|
September 15, 2014