Temperate Grasslands

By Grant Goodrich and Makenna O'Carroll

Stages of Succesion

As explained through the photo on the right, this biome starts with a layer/period of bare rock. Then comes the moss/lichen stage, which following the moss/lichen stage is the herb stage. Finally is the shrub stage.

Food Pyramid

1- Hawk- Tertiary consumer

2- Snake- secondary consumer

3- Mouse- Primary consumer

4- Grass- producer

Climate with Philly Phlonder

Philly Phlonder

Human Influence with Philly Phlonder

Philly Phlonder Returns

Food Web

Below shows a community relationship between organisms native to temperate grasslands between producers, primary, and secondary.
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Interesting Facts

*Periodic fires are important for the grasslands to insure that it does not become overgrown and is abundant with nutrients.

*25% of earth's surface is covered in temperate grasslands.

*Grasslands used to be home of millions of bison, but now there are only 25,000-30,000 pure wild buffalo.

Plant Life in Temperate Grasslands

Plant type/adaptations/ common and scientific name.

1. Big Bluestem/Andropogon gerardii~~ long roots to stay planted during winds

2. Indian Grass/Sorghastrum nutans~~ rough texture to keep from being eaten

3. June grass/~~ Strong root system to grow in hard to live places

4. Purple Coneflower/Echinacea pallida~~ lower petals for easier pollination

5. Stinging nettle/~~ stings when touched to keep from being eaten

Animal Life in Temperate Grasslands

1. Prairie dogs/Cynomys ~~ They burrow holes to escape from being preyed on.

2. Bison/Bison bison~~ Bison have flat teeth to get moss off of rocks to eat

3. Meadowlarks/Sturnella neglecta~~ Meadowlarks bright red belly can aid with attracting mates.

4. Yak/Bos grunniens~~ large intestine to get more nutrients, larger lungs to get more oxygen.

5. Coyote/Canis latrans~~ claws help catch and tear food, camouflage to hide in brush and rocks.

6. Gophers/ geomyidae

7. Lynx/Lynx canadensis

8. grasshopper/Caelifera