Sandrine Uwera, Amanda Thorne, Melissa Stephenson
The average rainfall ranges around 12-33 inches.
Where is it found?
Some plants, like the Jack pine, are prepared for the occasional forest fire and bounce back.
The precipitation its self is not limiting but the trees cant use frozen water, which is a problem in the winter
With temperatures that range anywhere from -54 C to 30 C throughout the whole year, plants must adapt to generally colder temperatures
- Mutualistic- Bees and Flowers: The bees are receiving food from flower while pollinating them
- Commensal- Moss and Trees: The moss is receiving a cool place to flourish while the tree remains unharmed.
- Parasitic- Wintertick and Moose: The wintertick receives food from the moose as it sucks its blood, this causes harm to the moose.
- Coniferous forest
- Temperate grasslands
Abiotic and Biotic Factors
Biotic- Bears, Coniferous Trees, Moose/Elk, Wolves
Adaptions for Animals
•Some animals hibernate when temperatures drop in the winter.
•Animals here produce a layer of insulating feathers or fur to protect them from the cold temperatures.
•Some of the larger animals have large, wide paws, so they wont sink in the snow.
Adaptions for plants
•Evergreens don’t drop their leaves, so they don’t have to use nutrients to regrow them in the spring.
•The evergreen leaves are needle-like so they don’t loose a lot of water,
because the ground water freezes and the roots cant absorb any water.
•The conical shape of evergreens allows snow to easily slide off branches, so the branches don’t break.
•For six months out of the year the temperature is below freezing.
•Scientists believe the taiga was completely covered by glaciers, many years ago.
•Many animals that live there can change color based on time of year.
•The switch from winter to summer is extreme, because spring and fall are too short to notice.