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5. 1. Alpine. Prairie. Colorado Life Zones. 2. Foothills. 3. Montane. 4. Subalpine. 6. Riparian. Colorado Life Zones. Alpine 11,500 +ft. Sub alpine 10,000 – 11,500 ft. Montane 8,000 – 10,000 ft. Foothills 5,500 – 8,000 ft. Riparian. Plains 3,500 – 5,500 ft.

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5.

1.

Alpine

Prairie

Colorado Life Zones

2.

Foothills

3.

Montane

4.

Subalpine

6.

Riparian


Colorado Life Zones

Alpine

11,500 +ft.

Sub alpine

10,000 – 11,500 ft.

Montane

8,000 – 10,000 ft.

Foothills

5,500 – 8,000 ft.

Riparian

Plains

3,500 – 5,500 ft.


Influences on the Life Zones

  • Elevation

  • Climate

  • Soils (Dirt)

  • Threats

  • Animals

  • Plants

  • Food Web


PRAIRIE / GRASSLANDS


Plains Life Zone

Alpine

11,500 +ft.

Sub alpine

10,000 – 11,500 ft.

Montane

8,000 – 10,000 ft.

Foothills

5,500 – 8,000 ft.

Riparian

Plains

3,500 – 5,500 ft.


What Is It Like On The Prairie?

Less than mountains, more than desert

Rainfall

Temperature

Cold in winter, hot in summer

Geography

East side of the mountains

Soils

Very fertile, plants grow easily with deep roots


Montane

Alpine

Plains

Riparian

Canopy Height

Foothills


What kinds of plants grow on the Prairie?

?


Buffalo Grass

Blue Grama

Needle & Thread Grass

Can you think of the kinds of ADAPTATIONS that help these plants grow in the hot and dry climate of the prairie?


Yucca


What kinds of animals live on the Prairie?

?


The Lark Bunting

The Colorado state bird !


Hawks and Eagles

Predators in the sky look for food below.

Who is their prey?


Prairie Dogs & Pups

Burrowing Owl

“prairie dog owl”


SwiftFox

Swift Fox Kits


Coyote


Kangaroo Rat


American Bison


Pronghorn or Antelope


Notice how well this horned lizard blends in with its surroundings.


Prairie Rattlesnake


The Food Chain

Who eats Whom?

red-tailed hawk

snake

kangaroo rat

Thekangaroo ratwill eat the grass.

Thesnakewill eat thekangaroo rat.

Thered-tailed hawkwill then eat thesnake.

grass


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