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Transcript of Taiga
Eastern Red Cedar
In the Taiga, trees thrive because of the positive water balances.The water that falls from rain and snow is greater than the amount of water released by evaporation. All of the animals take a big role in the Taiga and how the food web works. The Taiga is a great place for plants to grow. The fertile soil and all of the precipitation allows plants to thrive. But theres one problem. There are lots of big trees there so there isn’t much sunlight for the small plants to survive.
Weather and Climate
Winters are long and cold in the taiga, summers are short and cool. Little evaporation in the summer make the ground moist most of the year. Most precipitation comes in the form of snow. Growing season is short, about three months. There is about 12-33 inches of precipitation annually.
Producers: Fern, moss, jack pine, black spruce, white spruce, balsam fir.
Producers produce organic nutrients by making use of inorganic sources ( sunlight, water, and CO2) through photosynthesis
Primary Consumers: Insects, birds, mice, rats, chipmunk, squirrel, porcupines deer,moose, elk.
They are Herbivores. They feed on green plants and their parts ( leafs, stem) for energy.
Secondary Consumers: tarantula, scorpion, snake, some lizards, skunk, and weasel.
Tertiary Consumers: Lynx, hawk, fox,and wolf
They are carnivores. They count on primary consumers because they will have to find a new food source.
They are carnivores. They rely on secondary consumers because if they don’t have those animals, they will have a super hard time finding food.
Decomposers: Fungi species and bacteria
It breaks down dead organisms and feeds on them. They make nutrients available for the producers.
The Balsam Fir can be found northeastern North America. It can grow to 40 to 80ft tall. The Balsam fir adapts to the taiga biome by storing water in their needles which can grow up to 1 ½ inches long. Their needles are flat with a round tip. The Balsam fir grows in old, undisturbed forest. Deer and moose use the Balsam fir for cover because the snow is not as deep under them. The balsam fir is a major food supplies for the moose in the winter. Red squirrels eat the male flower buds. The Balsam fir wood is sometimes use as lumber. The wood is lightweight.
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the gray wolf
American black bear
long eared owl
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There is a lot of precipitation. That affects how plants grow.
It can be freezing cold in the winter and scorching hot in the summer. There can be heavy snowfall. The Taiga is way from the sea. The winter months are always below freezing. The Taigas coldest temperature is -12˚C (10.4˚F). It’s warmest temperature is 20˚ (68˚ F) The soil is frozen for 5-7 months of the winter months. In the summer, the temperatures can reach up to 70˚ F. Winter temperatures get get as low as -65˚ F. That’s a difference of 135˚ F. Winters may last up to 7-8 months. That leaves only four or five months for Spring, Summer, and Fall. The Spring and Summer have a combined 50 days of sunlight. The Taiga gets 12-33 inches of precipitation. Most of it falls during the Summer.
Trees being cut people drilling for oil and coal and taking animals homes.
After trees and plants are removed the soil is. washed away, and it takes years to recover.
Do not go near the wolves.
DO NOT SMOKE IN THE TAIGA.
Eastern Red Cedar