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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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Colorado life zones

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
Influences on the Life Zones

  • Elevation

  • Climate

  • Soils (Dirt)

  • Threats

  • Animals

  • Plants

  • Food Web



Foothills 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

Prairie / grasslands

3,500 – 5,500 ft.


What is it like in the foothills
What Is It Like In The Foothills?

Climate

Weather is always changing! Rain falls during Spring and Fall, and some snow falls in Winter.

Temperature

Summer temperatures can be HOT, up to 100 degrees, and winters can be cold, down to 20 degrees. BRRR!

Geography

Located just upslope from the plains. They are smaller than mountains, but taller than most hills!

Soils

Soils are sandy and have lots of broken up rock left there from glaciers


How tall are the trees in the foothills
How Tall Are The Trees In The Foothills?

Montane

Alpine

Plains

Riparian

Foothills



Sagebrush

Gambel Oak or Scrub Oak

Junegrass

Ball Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus




Elk

Elk live mostly at higher elevations, but in the winter they can move into the foothills


Mule Deer

There are many deer in the foothills.

This is a

mule deer.

How can you can tell?

By its big ears!


Coyotes, foxes and raccoons all live in the foothills.

Fox

Raccoons

Coyote

These animals can adapt very well to human environments.

That is why you see them living near cities.


Mountain Lion

Mountain lions are important predators in the food web. They hunt deer and small elk as well as other small animals.

Mountain lions have a territory of up to 500 sq. miles! Do you know why their territory is so big?

They are losing their homes because so many people are building houses in the foothills.


Great Horned Owl

Ladybugs eat other bugs that kill plants.

They help keep the foothills healthy!

Lizards


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