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Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests

Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests
Ecology
Biome Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
Borders
Bird species 220[1]
Mammal species 56[1]
Geography
Area 116,400 km2 (44,900 sq mi)
Countries United States and Canada
States/Provinces Vermont, New York, Ontario and Quebec
Conservation
Habitat loss 54.4%[1]
Protected 2.23%[1]

The Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests is a Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests ecoregion of North America, mostly in eastern Canada.

Setting

This area includes much of northern Lake Huron. The region includes the Frontenac Axis, the Niagara Escarpment up to Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron, and Lake Simcoe. Meanwhile the forests south of Lake Ontario are classified as the Southern Great Lakes forests ecoregion and in Canada the higher elevations of the Canadian Appalachian Mountains and the Laurentian Mountains constitute the Eastern Canadian forests.[2]

This region has warm summers and cold, snowy winters.

Flora

This ecoregion is a transition area between the taiga to the north and the temperate deciduous forest to the south and thus contains a variety of habitats including freshwater marshes, dunes, bogs, fens, and hardwood and conifer swamps. Trees of the woodland include eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), pines, maple, and oaks. Particular areas include the oak/pine mix of the Albany Pine Bush, areas of dry rocky alvar plain, and the white cedars (Thuja occidentalis) of the Niagara Escarpment.

Fauna

The Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests are very rich in wildlife. Birds include cardinals, Downy Woodpecker, Wood Duck and Eastern Screech Owl. Large mammals including American Black Bear (Ursus americanus), moose (Alces alces), and Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) have been removed from this ecoregion and remaining mammals include white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), coyote (Canis latrans), Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus), eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus), American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) and eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).

Threats and preservation

The Saint Lawrence River is one of the most polluted in the world and these surrounding forests are vulnerable to clearance for agriculture and urban development including the cities of Alfred Bog, Luther Marsh, the Ganaraska Forest and Carden Plain in Ontario; and Mont Saint-Hilaire, Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area and Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Areas in Quebec.

See also

References and external links

  1. ^ a b c d Hoekstra, J. M.; Molnar, J. L.; Jennings, M.; Revenga, C.; Spalding, M. D.; Boucher, T. M.; Robertson, J. C.; Heibel, T. J.; Ellison, K. (2010). Molnar, J. L., ed. The Atlas of Global Conservation: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities to Make a Difference.  
  2. ^ "Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. 
  • "Eastern Great Lakes Lowland Forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. 
  • World Wildlife Fund (2001). "Eastern Great Lakes Lowland Forests". WildWorld Ecoregion Profile. National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on 2010-03-08. 
  • Central U.S. hardwood forests images at bioimages.vanderbilt.edu
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