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Bugs, Beavers, Birch Trees, and Bluebirds

How many kinds of living things are there in the world? No one really knows! The number is so big, there is a very big word to describe it . . . BIODIVERSITY.

biodiversity.gif Working Together in the Woods
There are lots of living things in every woods. And they all work together. Bugs and worms dig in soil to help make it better. Trees grow in the soil. Birds and animals live in the trees. If there were no bugs, there could be no woods.
From the Little Woods to the Big World
In some parts of the world, there are very big woods. These are called rain forests. Millions of bugs live in rain forests. Millions of plants. Millions of animals. Millions of birds. The rain forests help make the air that we breathe. If there were no bugs, there would be no forest. There would be no air. Every job in nature is important.

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This information is taken from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Kids for Trees. For more information and activities about trees, check their website.

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