Do you know how many different types of seed dispersal there are? Plants have a variety of strategies to achieve their goal of spreading their seeds. Continue reading
Pioneer plants quickly move into an area that has been disturbed and grow. Do you have any idea exactly what these plants are and if that is a good or bad thing? Continue reading
Conifers reproduce in the spring, similar to many other forms of life. If you look closely at some of those pine trees you may see it happening. Continue reading
Leaf arrangement on plants and trees is an important sign to help identify the plant or tree. Here are the common forms of leaf arrangement you are likely to encounter. Continue reading
A Birch tree and an Aspen tree look similar, especially during the winter without leaves. Can you tell them apart? Continue reading
Many people set up and decorate different kinds of trees during the month of December every year to celebrate Christmas. What do you actually know about that tree that you have in your house? Continue reading
Tree rings are studied by scientists because of the information that scientists can learn from them. But, do you know what exactly they are and how they can help scientists study the past? Continue reading
In general the forest of the Rocky Mountains has different kinds of trees that are dominant at different elevations. These dominant trees make up different forest zones in the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading
I know I have said this before, but I will say it again – I love running around in the snow in the Rocky Mountains. It is just so much fun to jump up and down and land in the soft, fluffy white stuff.
Other than all of the snow blanketing the ground, the snow also blankets the bare branches on trees and drapes over the needles on evergreen trees after a new snow. The last time I went for a walk in the Rocky Mountains I began to wonder why all the trees higher up on the mountain were the conifer trees and not the broadleaf trees that lose their leaves in winter. Continue reading
The cold, freezing, short days of winter in the Rocky Mountains are not the best time of year for most forms of life. It is not easy to survive and all forms of life have different strategies for how to survive it. Many animals migrate, hibernate or adapt.
But, what about those forms of life, such as trees, that can not simply leave the area or go underground into a nice, comfy den? How do they survive the winter? Continue reading