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FUN Facts
  1. Eric lives here! (not really he only wishes)
  2. The taiga has some of the best hunting spots!
  3. This is where people catch the largest trout.
  4. Mining is the greatest environmental impact in the taiga at the moment.
  5. The taiga is the best cover for mountain lions!

photo by eric's mom
Photo by Eric's Mom "caw''
Bald Eagle
  • Scientific name is Haliaeetus leucocephalus. Their nest can be eight feet wide and weigh up to a ton!
  • They have about 7,000 feathers on their body!
  • They incubate their young for about 1 to 2 months.
snowy owl
Photo by Chris Barber on flickr.com ''OMG''
Snowy Owl

  • Scientific name Nyctea scandiaca.
  • It's most active during the day, not night!
  • Cannot move their eyes within their sockets, they have to turn their heads.
  • Eyes face forward other than the side of their head.
By: Anothreme on flikr.com ''why are u looking at me like that?!"
  • The scientific name is Gulo gulo.
  • Gets up to 87 cent tall (As tall as an adult)
  • Strong jaws, it can bite into a frozen piece of meat.
  • Thick fur
  • Sharp claws
By: Kaibara on flikr.com "rawer"
Northern Lynx
  • Scientific name is Felis lynx.
  • Looks just like a common house cat but larger!
  • Quick and sly
  • Young is weaned at 2 months ( gives milk to young)
  • Gets as tall as an adult
  • Weighs up to 11-45 pounds
  • Habitats are being destroyed
By: Steve Deger "with the stealth of a thousand rhinos!"
Woodland Caribou
  • Scientific name is Rangifer tarandus caribou.
  • They get to about four feet
  • Males weigh 400 pounds
  • Females weigh 250 pounds Their antlers shed and regrow each year


1. Pine,spruce, fir, larch trees
2. Fallen cones,seeds, needles
3. Aphids,beetles
4. Red Squirrel
5. Nutcracker
6. Bark Beetle
7. Northern red-backed vole
8. Red ant in nest of pine needles
9. Pine grosbeak
10. Siberian tit
11. Western capercaillie
12. Goshawk
13. Pine marten
14. Gray owl
15. Dead vole
16. Red fox
17. Garder snake
18. Pine snake

Animal food web


White Pine (notice the bark) Pine Trees
  • Pine bark is a variety of colors. It usually has a grayish color to it but if it is a red pine it has a hint of red.
  • Needles grow in groups. In red pines they are in groups of three. White pine they are in groups of five.
  • Cones are grayish brown when ready to get rid of seeds but are usually green.
  • Roots soak up water and minerals from the ground.
  • They don't let a lot of water out.
  • Needles act as leaves for pines.

  • Taiga or Coniferous Forests - Biome Wikiby denali.org!
    Spruce trees
    • Spruce needles are generally dark green.
    • Spruce have a waxy coating on the needles to keep in water.
    • Like all coniferous trees in the taiga the spruce tree has a natural anti-freeze.
    Cedar bark
    Cedar Leaf and Cone
    photos by Joseph Raymond
    Cedar Tree
    • Cedars have a soft fluffy bark.
    • They have a special leaf that does not fit into any other type of leaf group.
    • The cedar takes many years to grow.
    • The tree in the picture I estimate to be 75-90 years old.
    • Cedar when cut has a very fresh smell.
    • Cedar is expensive to buy.
    Taiga or Coniferous Forests - Biome Wikiplz cite Tamarack Trees
    • Tamarack trees are actually both coniferous and deciduous!
    • This is because the tree loses all it's needles yearly.
    • It also has a very hard wood.
    Balsam Fir Tree
    Photo by ellocoman on flikr
    Balsam Fir Trees
    • Balsam firs have a soft flat needle.
    • You may have one in your house at Christmas.
    • They are a lighter green than spruce.
    Larch tree


    Biomes of the World- Temperate Forests
    Published 1999 by Grolier Educational, Danbury, CT
    • Have a characteristic shape
    • Layer of cork, which is dead tissue containing a waxy substance.
    • This prevents the loss of water, and cold.
    • In the autumn they are named Larix decidua.
    • Larch's are conifers
    Magnolia Tree

    Biomes of the World- Temperate Forests
    Published 1999 by Grolier Educational, Danbury, CT
    Yulan Mangolia
    • Are angiosperms
    • Family: Magnoliaceae
    • Green cone-like fruits, red when mature in late summer, containing red seeds.
    • they perfume more than just the southern states with their dazzling citrus like fragrance

    Biomes of the World- Temperate Forests
    Published 1999 by Grolier Educational, Danbury, CT
    • Many species of magnolia are used in both Eastern and Western herbalism
    • Other names for magnolia include white bay, beaver tree
    • Little recent scientific research has been done on magnolia in the West

    Conservation is a strict issue in the taiga. Logging is not a strict issue anymore but it was at one time. Damning rivers is more of an issue now. Damming can cause alterations in the food web. It does this by stopping migratory fish from getting to spawning grounds. Above dams is a reservoir. Water in the reservoir is warming and it sends trout upstream or the trout die. The reservoir is deeper because the dam is stopping some water from getting through. Therefor it floods over in some surrounding land.

    Daming Protest
    Photo by patricmcculy on flikr.com

    Another problem is mining. Mining makes large piles of stuff from what ever they are digging out of the ground. This is habitat destruction. Now companies usually use strip-mining. This is when they dig a huge hole in the ground. To dig that big hole they have to cut down many trees. Some strip mines are a mile plus in diameter. When they exhaust the supply of the ore is over they are required by law to fill it in with soil or water. Most put in water because it is free. They get the water from river and streams around the mine. This makes the streams run very low. It can take almost a year for some of the big mines to fill with water! Mining has the greatest environmental impact on the taiga. Not logging.

    By: Rene S on flickr ( open mining site)
    Stop The Mine

    Acid Mine Drainedge Ontairio Canada
    Photo by arionthegreat on flikr.com

    Study Questions!!!

    1. What family does a Yulan Mangolia belong to?
    A) Magnoliaceae
    B) Magonaliace
    C) Magnoliacea

    2. What adaptations do all animals in the taiga have in common?

    3. True or false? Birch trees are both coniferous and deciduous.

    4. True or false? Pine tree bark is a variety of colors?

    5. What conservation issue is most strict in the taiga?

    6. True or false? Larches are conifers.

    7. What is the bald eagle's scientific name?

    8. How can we help prevent an alteration in the food web?

    9. What is the woodland caribou's scientific name?

    10. True or false? Cedar is very cheap.

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