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Kouchibouguac National Park

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Isaac Godden

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of Kouchibouguac National Park

Kouchibouguac National park has a bedrock surface and it mostly contains sandstone and shale. The land is mostly flat, with small hillocks separating river basins. In modern time the park contains dunes,salt marshes, forests, and small rivers, also there are streams, and vast open peat lands. Kouchibouguac is a humid continental climate. The gulf has a strong influence on this
climate. contributing to precipitation patterns throughout the year. This process creates warm summers and cold winters. The average temperatures for January and July are o o -9.1 C and 19.1 C. The average annual precipitation is 979 mm. Cold Labrador air creates ice formation on the St. Lawrence waters, and slows down the process of warming-up spring air. Kouchibouguac National Park Climate Landforms Location Vegetation Kouchibouguac National Park was founded in 1969. The location of the park is on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in New Brunswick. The area of the park is exactly 239.2 km2. Kouchibouguac is located in the Atlantic Maritime ecozone. The park contains two distinct vegetation
communities: shoreline and Acadian forest.
These forests are coniferous. They contain trees such as: black spruce, red spruce, balsam fir and
cedar. Small areas of deciduous forest contain trees such as: aspens, grey birch, and red maple. All these trees together sum 1600 species of trees, including 619 species of plants, 178 lichens, and over 30 mosses are known to grow in the park. The park has 29 orchid species including the ragged fringed orchis, white fringed orchis, large purplefringed orchis, and one of the rarest species on the continent, the southern twayblade. This
species can only be found in 8 places in Canada,
Kouchibouguac is the only national park that you can find them is pretty cool in my opinionand it gives you a good reason to go and visit. Also it is the only provincial location, among those sites. Other plant communities include
salt marshes, peat bogs, and fens. Wildlife The park's larger land mammals consist of moose, black bear, white-tailed deer, and coyote. Smaller animals include beaver, mink, weasel, river otter, red fox, raccoons, six different bats, and four different squirrels. The surrounding waters contain seven species of whales and two types of seals. The park has 223 different birds. These birds consist of the endangered piping plover and it also has one of the largest colonies of common tern in all of North America. The colony is estimated to contain about 7000 nests. The park contains a couple of main fish species, these include salmon, eels, trout, striped bass, and smelt. Who ever visits the park have options to camping at the park's 219-site campground, a group camp,
or a number of wilderness sites. Other then
camping, visitors can also enjoy a hike on the park's numerous trails. There are also many other options such as going swimming, canoeing, cycling, and paddleboating. As for the winter season it offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and an annual ski marathon. Activities
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