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Colorado Life Zones: Seasons, Plants, & Animals

Step 1: Choose One of the Life Zones or Choices Below

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Colorado Life Zones General Information Interactive Elevation & Life Zone Diagram Colorado Maps: Life Zones and More Semidesert Shrublands (West CO) Shortgrass Plains Life Zone (East CO) Foothills Woodlands & Shrublands Montane Forests Life Zone Subalpine Life Zone Alpine Life Zone Riparian Life Zones

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone: Seasons, Plants, & Animals

Step 2: Choose a Topic from the Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone & Scroll Down

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone General Information
General Information

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Through the Seasons
Through the Seasons

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Playa Lakes and Underground Aquifer
Playa Lakes & Underground Aquifer

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Awesome Adaptations
Awesome Adaptations

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Plants and Trees
Plants and Trees

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Mammals
Mammals

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Birds
Birds

Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone Reptiles and Amphibians
Reptiles & Amphibians

Birds or the Shortgrass Prairie or Plains Life Zone

The grasslands support many different kinds of birds. Many sparrows and other small birds can live off the abundant insects, seeds from grass, and small plants. Many migratory birds, like the great blue heron and canada goose, use the playa lakes as important resting places on their journeys north and south accross North America through the seasons. Click on the riparian life zone to learn more about them.

The plains are especially good for the birds of prey. They can soar in the windy updrafts looking easily over large areas of land for small rodents, rabbits, snakes, lizards, toads, small birds, or carrion (animals that are already dead). They may travel long distances from their nests to do their hunting.

Ferruginous Hawk

Peregrine_Fund

Avian Web

Ferruginous Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Peregrine_Fund

Nature Works

Southwest_Wildlife

Red-tailed Hawk

Prairie Falcon

Peregrine Fund

Avian Web

CSU NDIS

Prairie Falcon

Northern Harrier

Peregrine Fund

Mercerburg's Acad

Avian Web

Northern Harrier

Swainson's Hawk

Peregrine Fund

Nature Works

Avian Web

Swainson's Hawk

American Kestrel

Peregrine Fund

Nature Works

Hogle Zoo

American Kestrel

Burrowing Owl

Peregrine Fund

CO p of Wildlife

Hogle Zoo

Burrowing Owls

Greater Prairie-chicken All About Birds

Lesser Prairie-chicken

All About Birds

CSU NDIS

Greater Prairie Chicken

Barn Owl

Peregrine Fund

Nature Works

Hogle Zoo

Barn Owl

Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse

All About Birds

CO p of Wildlife

Utah p of Wildlife

Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse

Mountain Plover

All About Birds

CO p of Wildlife

CSU NDIS

Mountain Plover

Lark Bunting

All About Birds

Bird Watching Bliss

CSU NDIS

Lark Bunting

Western Meadowlark

All About Birds

GPNC

Nature Works

Western Meadowlark

Western
Kingbird

Utah p of
Wildlife

Eastern
Kingbird

Utah p of
Wildlife

CSU NDIS

Western Kingbird

Turkey Vulture

Peregrine Fund

Vultures and Condors

Hogle Zoo

Turkey Vulture

Other Birds

Golden Eagle
Mourning Dove
Common Crow
American Goldfinch
Brown Thrasher
Say's Phoebe
Lazuli Bunting
Lark Sparrow
Scaled Quail
Lapland Longspur
Chipping Sparrow
Orange-crowned Warbler
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Many more birds

Awesome Adaptations: Turkey Vulture

The turkey vulture plays an important role in the overall health of a habitat or life zone. Turkey vultures are the official clean up squad. The vultures have long wings that help them soar up in the sky while using little energy. They have a strong sense of smell and can fly long distances looking for dead or dying animals. When they find food they will circle in the air until they can safely eat the dead animal. Turkey vultures can eat old bacteria infested meat that most all other animals could not eat without getting sick. They do not have any feathers on their head to help them stay clean from the nasty bacteria and diseases. The scavenging birds play the important role in keeping their habitats clean from dead stinky disease-infested animals. They also help keep the ponds, lakes, and rivers clean because the dead animals are totally eaten and not washed into the water spreading more disease and poisening the water. Though some people may not appreciate turkey vultures, the vultures play an important role in cleaning the habitat.

Sources of information and to find more information: Peregrine Fund, Vultures and Condors, Hogle Zoo

Turkey vulture looking for dead animals Turkey Vulture eating a dead animal