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INTRODUCTION

ARTICLE

WHERE ON EARTH?

LIFE ZONES OF 
THE ROCKY 
MOUNTAINS

POSTER

CLASSROOM
ACTIVITIES

Rivers Run From It

Take a Trip

Zones of Life

Geology Rocks

Rocky Mountain Animals Then and Now

REFERENCES

Based on an article in
Science & Children Magazine,
Published by the National Science Teachers Association, Nov.-Dec. 2004







Life Zones of the Rocky Mountains

Poster showing the life zones of the Rocky Mountains

This illustration shows many of the plants and animals found in the life zones of the Rocky Mountains. At more northern latitudes these life zones would occur at lower elevations.

Alpine - above 3,660m (12,000 ft): (1) yellow-bellied marmot; (2) weasel; (3) moss gentian; (4) bog sedge; (5) alpine anemone; (6) dwarf clover; (7) moss campion; (8) scarlet paintbrush; (9) pika; (10) white-tailed ptarmigan.

Subalpine - 3,050 to 3,660m (10,000 to 12,000 ft): (11) Engelmann spruce; (12) snowshoe hare; (13) mountain goat; (14) lynx; (15) subalpine fir; (16) aspen, also common in montane; (17) bristlecone pine; (18) black elderberry; (19) yellow glacier lily; (20) red-tailed hawk; (21) yellow columbine; (22) bighorn sheep.

Montane - 2,440 to 3,050m (8,000 to 10,000 ft): (23) moose; (24) bearberry; (25) mountain mahogany; (26) mule deer; (27) wild turkey; (28) pine squirrel; (29) grand fir; (30) Douglas fir; (31) western larch; (32) lodgepole pine; (33) grizzly bear; (34) ponderosa pine; (35) Gambel oak; (36) elk; (37) cougar; (38) Stellar’s jay.

Foothills - 1,500 to 2,440m (4,900 to 8,000 ft): (39) juniper tree; (40) pronghorn antelope; (41) Idaho fescue; (42) jackrabbit; (43) arrow-leaved balsamroot; (44) Pinon pine; (45) blue grama; (46) larkspur; (47) collared lizard; (48) sagebrush; (49) western bluebird.

Riparian areas (INSET) (throughout the zones): (50) trumpeter swan; (51) water birch; (52) mallard duck; (53) cottonwood; (54) beaver; (55) mountain alder; (56) wood duck; (57) boreal toad.

 

 
Last updated: 11-13-2009