I’ve seen plenty of sets of cards for kids that have species from all across the world, but I realized that I didn’t care how much they knew about species in Zimbabwe if they couldn’t tell a vole from a shrew in their own backyard. (Now mind you I probably couldn’t either before I made this set for them, so don’t think I know so much.) All of these species are native to our area, but I’d like to share them just the same. If, however, the people who’s pictures I used want more than a photo credit, I shall be forced to immediately remove these links. Get ALL my stuff here.
1. West Tennessee Reptiles (almost all photos from here)
2. West Tennessee Mammals: (all photos from here or Wikipedia)
There are lots…
So many, in fact, that I didn’t list all of the species of rat, mouse, shrew, and bat.
They were all brown and looked alike. And how many times have you been close enough to a bat in the day time to identify the species? (*Edit 1/16: I will probably go back and make these with all of the species, as the children are very disappointed with these generic cards.)
- West Tennessee Fish: (almost all photos from here)
And though we didn’t do all 12 bats for our area, I did think it necessary that as children of an avid fisherman, they know all the species of bass Papa catches.
4. West Tennessee Amphibians: (all photos from here)
Wow, there are a lot of birds.
I only did ones that live here year round or there would have been a 100 more.
And while I was at it, I made a bunch of shell cards for my daughter who is currently obsessed with them. She has a card for every shell in her collection. These are, of course, not local. And she doesn’t want me to cut them apart yet as she sorts all her shells onto the mats. (Photos from here, here, and here)
I used whatbird.com for the year round birds, and the Smithsonian North American Mammal site for the Mammals. But for the fish, reptiles and amphibians, I used local site that would be of no use to you. However, but you may be able to find your own local species by zip code here. I will warn you, though, that it will generate more species than are truly local for you. We only have a few salamanders here but according to the local field biologists, we only have two that are common enough to care about.