Deciduous Forest Biome

Location

Climate
Animals
Vegetation
Health Issues

Location

Deciduous biomes are located primarily in the eastern half of the United States, Canada, Europe, parts of Russia, China, and Japan.

Climate

The average temperature of the forest is about 50 degrees F. The average amount of rainfall in the forest is 30 to 60 inches a year. As the seasons change, so do the colors of the leaves of the deciduous. During the winter months water is generally not available to keep the leaves of some plants alive. Therefore, the leaves of some plants fall off and grow back in the spring. Those plants, like evergreens, keep their leaves during the winter have special adaptations to stay alive. You can learn more about the vegetation of deciduous biomes.

Animals

Precipitation in the temperate deciduous forest is spread throughout the year. However, during the winter months it is usually frozen and unavailable to animals. Animals living within this biome must adjust to cold winters and hot summers. Leaves generally fall off in the fall, leaving animals with less cover to hide themselves from predators. Also in the deciduous forests are such animals as

Black Bear

Fox
Brown Bear

More Pictures of Deciduous Forest Animals:

Aspic Viper

Cardinal

Gray Squirrel

Raccoon

Vegetation

In the deciduous forest there are many flowers like the passion berry and the blue lily. There are many other flowers but those are some of the main ones.

The Deciduous forest does not have much vegetation but there are many trees that contain outrageous amounts of flowers. Animals need these trees because they provide shelter and some use them for food and even water from the leaves. The trees adapt to this forest by having thick bark barriers on the trees to keep the animals out and the trees from dying.

More Pictures of Deciduous Forest Vegetation:

Dog Wood Leaves

Fringe Leaf

Ginkgo Leaves

Health Issues

Despite decreasing financial support, the International Red Cross Federation has distributed 100 tons of barley seeds in 11 areas of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The country is still suffering from the effects of the devastating floods of 1995 and 1996 that destroyed crops and food stocks and left 500,000 people homeless. Twenty-five thousand hectares of rice paddies were completely destroyed and the 1996 harvest fell far short of normal yields. As a result, 3.3 million people were facing severe food shortages in 1997. The seed distribution is part of the Federation's third appeal for North Korea. Launched in November 1996, it called for 13 million Swiss francs, but only 15 per cent of this amount has been raised. "We are urgently in need of money to continue the operation. Without more funds, we will be forced to leave people without any assistance," says Yasuo Tanaka, desk officer for the DPRK.

The Federation has been distributing food and clothing to more than 130,000 people since November 1995 in cooperation with the DPRK and the Red Cross. These people are totally dependent on the Red Cross for their subsistence.

Also in areas around us, Eugene/Springfield, Oregon, flooding has become a huge problem, and the Red Cross has helped the victims. The Red Cross helped clean the flooded houses, they helped fix the houses, they given out food, sandbags, and clothes, and they offered shelter for victims.

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