The Coniferous forest is home to acres of evergreen trees. Conifers have needles instead of broad leaves. They do not have flowers or fruits. In late winter or early spring they form two kinds of cones. Cones, which have pollen and cones that are fertilized by wind-blown pollen. Some plants include Balsam Fir Trees, Columbines, Ferns, Black Spruce Trees, Poison Ivy, Mushrooms, Fireweed, Great Sequoia Trees, and Mosses.
Though the Coniferous forests have fewer animal species than other forests, they are home to several different animals. Birds, insects and mammals are common. Not many animals can live in this habitat year-round. Animals deal with the hardship of cold, long winters in several ways. Some of the animals hibernate during the winter, while others migrate to warmer climates. Some animals include Bald Eagles, Kermode Bear, Eastern Milk Snake, Moose, Monarch Butterfly, Siberian Tiger and Great Grey Owl.
Temperature: -40 C to 20 C, Average summer temperature is 10 C
Precipitation: 300 to 900 millimeters of rain per year
Coniferous forest regions have cold, long, snowy winters, and warm, humid summers. They have well-defined seasons, and at least four to six frost-free months.
Location: Canada, Europe, Asia, and USA or Between 50 degrees and 60 degrees Lat.
The Coniferous Forest is a forest of Conifers (too much to handle, isn't it?). A Conifer is a tree that produces its seeds in cones. The Pine tree is the most common example. Conifer leaves conserve water with the thick, waxy layer that covers their leaves, also known as needles. The vegitation in the Coniferous forest is small in size, but large enough to feed the vast herbivore population. Most of these animals survive the brutal winters by migrating or hibernating.
Average Annual Rainfall- 14-29.5 in.
Average Temperatures in the Summer- 57.2°F
Average Temperatures in the Winter- 14°F