Panorama: boreal forest

Title Info
Common name Spruce; Fir
Scientific name Picea; Abies
Taxonomic group Pinaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Forests
Forests Boreal forest or taiga
Conservation Nature preserves
Lessons Panoramas
Date June 27, 2007
Location Forêt Montmorency,Québec,Canada,North America
Panorama of Boreal forest Québec
Related materials: Panoramas
You may want to discuss with your students the vast changes that this ecosystem experiences over the course of a year. At this time of year, the forest is full of activity, with birds and insects everywhere, and herbs bursting from the forest floor. Most of the year, however, this forest is too cold and snow-covered for most of these organisms to be present and active. Consider, too, the many adaptations that the conifers of this forest exhibit -- especially adaptations that help them deal with winter.

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The boreal forest (or taiga) circles the Northern Hemisphere just south of the tundra biome, stretching across vast expanses of Europe, Asia, and North America. The plants and animals of these forests have adapted to very long, cold winters and a very short (but sun-filled) growing season. As can be seen in this panorama, most of the trees in the boreal forest are conifers, such as spruces, firs, and larches.