Through many years of changing habitats and adapting to their surroundings, most of our lizards are white in coloration. Take a look at a whiptail and some of the interesting patterns and colors that have been produced through selection and breeding over hundreds of years. Invent your own lizard with colors that would help him hide in your choice of environment!
The brilliant white dune field has resulted in extremely rapid and remarkable adaptations in endemic
Based on a children's book written by Jeff Brown in 1964, the Flat Stanley Project was created to help your child, student or class learn about the many wonderful places around the world. Children create their own Stanley and send him through the mail to various locations on his own adventure. We invite you to send your Stanley to us or to download on of our Flat Rangers!
Variation and change occur in all ecological systems. All forms of life are affected by changes in the quality, quantity, and distribution of their habitats. At White Sands, animals have adapted in a variety of ways.
Animals mature into adulthood much faster than humans. This lesson lets children compare their own rate of growth to that of a kit fox.
The unique components of air, water, climate, and geological conditions at White Sands National Monument provide a harsh environment for plants and animals. Because of this, animals have adapted to this different environment. The kit fox is a good example of an animal that has adapted to this desert environment.
The conditions at White Sands National Monument, the world's largest gypsum dunefield, create a unique environment for plant survival. The monument encompasses an ecosystem within an ecosystem, where of the 244 plants found in the desert environment, only 60 have developed strategies for survival in the dunefield itself.
Students will explore how wind direction and topography influence the formation of sand dunes.
Wind and water not only move sand, but sort it by size and density.
Students will understand that sand is made up of different minerals—one being magnetite, a compound containing iron.