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Transcript of Deciduous Forest
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Facts about the Deciduous Forest
The deciduous forest is one of the most diverse biomes in Earth.
The words “Deciduous Forest” means, “A forest with leaves that fall off”.
The temperate deciduous forest has been subjected to intense human use, which makes it one of the most threatened biomes.
The deciduous forest is the second rainiest biome.
The deciduous forest is divided into 5 zones.
Temperature and Precipitation Rates
The yearly temperature for the deciduous forest varies greatly. There are four distinct seasons: winter, summer, fall, and spring. In the summer, it is usually mild with an average of 70 degrees. In winter, it is cold with zero degree temperatures. In the spring and fall, it is cooler than the summer season, but warmer than the winter season.
The yearly precipitation rates also vary. In the winter months, it receives 14 inches of rain total. In the summer months, it receives 18 inches of rain total. On average, it receives 1.25-5 feet of precipitation (rain and snow are both included).
Types of Deciduous Forests
1. Mixed mesophytic forest region
2. Appalachian oak forest region
3. Hemlock-white pine-northern hardwood region
5. Beech-maple forest region
6. Oak-pine region
7. Southern pine region
8. Longleaf-slash pine subregion
9. Shortleaf-loblolly pine subregion
Mixed mesophytic forest region
Appalachian oak forest region
Hemlock-white pine-northern hardwood region
Beech-maple forest region
Southern pine region
Longleaf-slash pine subregion
Shortleaf-loblolly pine subregion
The predominant vegetation in the deciduous forests are shrubs, broad-leafed deciduous trees, and pine trees.
The deciduous forests’ trees’ leaves are broad leafed because in the summer, they need to capture more sunlight.
Every fall, the leaves change color and fall off.
The plants and trees become dormant in winter.
Plants make a concentrated sugar solution so the water in it will not freeze
Herbivorous Animals: White-tailed deers, Red tailed squirrels, Cotton-tailed rabbits, Snow-shoe hares, and Chipmunks.
Carnivorous Animals: Coyotes, Moles, Corn Snake, Racoons, and Bullfrog,
Omnivorous Animals: The Canadian Goose, Mallard Duck. Robins, Gray Squirrels, Box Turtles, Opossums, and Black Bears.
Birds: Wood Thrush, Eastern Wood Pewee, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager.
Insects: Beetles, Flies, Butterflies, Wasps, Cicadas, and a lot more.
Fish: Eel, Salmon, Topminnow, Channel Darter, Sand Darter, Pickerel, Chub, Chubsucker, Sturgeon, Paddlefish, Minnow, Shiner, and Gar.
Animals in the Deciduous Forest
The animals in the temperate deciduous forest usually migrate or hibernate. Most of the mammals hibernate when the weather is cold. Birds, on the other hand, usually migrate to warmer places in the winter and come back in the spring.
Another adaptation is that most animals store food. Just like we, humans, buy excess food since we don't have to go shopping a lot, the animals store food for them to eat in the winter if they do not hibernate like squirrels.
The temperate deciduous forest is found in the Eastern United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Japan.
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