"The Tundra of Igiak Bay"

By: Rachelle Allen

"The Tundra of Igiak Bay"

In this chapter Johnsgard uses fiction to create Eneepuk (Snowy Owl), who is an Eskimo boy who searches for eggs along the creek. Also, the author uses fiction to create a family of cranes that protect their new chicks in Alaska. This chapter teaches the reader about the migration from the Platte to the north to hatch their chicks. It also describes the dangers of the cranes and their families. More behaviors are described, such as dancing and protecting. The families have a system in watching their chicks and also their own warning system. When the chicks first hatch the parent cranes protect them very well. They even ward off Eneepuk who is in search of eggs for his family to eat. When we went to the Rowe Sanctuary we learned how important the Platte is to the cranes. The cranes have a long tough flight to their breeding grounds and they need lots of fuel for their journey. They use the Platte to eat up to 20% or their own body weight so they can make the flight.

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Pictures: I took at Rowe Sanctuary