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Through the Seasons

Colorado Life Zones: Seasons, Plants, & amp; Animals

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

Life Zones
 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 & amp; Shrublands  Montane Forests Life Zone Subalpine Life Zone  Alpine Life Zone Riparian Life Zones

Montane Forests Life Zone: Seasons, Plants, & Animals

Step 2: Choose a Topic from the Montane Forests Life Zone & Scroll Down

Montane Forests Life Zone General Information
General Information

Montane Forests Life Zone Through the Seasons
Through the Seasons

Montane Forests Life Zone Mountain Pine Beetle
Mountain Pine Beetle

Montane Forest Life Zone Awesome Adaptations
Awesome Adaptations

Montane Forests Life Zone Plants and Trees
Plants and Trees

Montane Forests Life Zone Mammals
Mammals

Montane Forests Life Zone Birds
Birds

Montane Forests Life Zone Reptiles and Amphibians
Reptiles & Amphibians

Montane Forests Life Zone Through the Seasons

The snowy montane winters can get really cold. Temperatures can get well below 0 degrees F. Snow blankets the trees and ground. Over two feet of snow can cover much of the ground. Snow banks can get over 5 feet deep with the help of the wind. The snow may stay on the ground well into spring. On the chilly northern facing slopes, snow can be found in summer.

For as harsh as it can be in the winter, the shorter montane summers can be really nice. When the plains and deserts are roasting with temperatures above 100 degrees F, the high temperatures in the montane can be in the 70's and 80's. The melting snow can form many lakes, streams, and ponds. Aspen trees quickly leaf out, flowers bloom, and grasses quickly grow. Many animals come out of winter hibernation or migrate up from the foothills.

Montane Forests Spring

Montane Forests Summer

Montane Forests Spring Montane Forests Summer
Montane Forest Fall Montane Forests Winter

Montane Forests Fall

Montane Forests Winter

Rain Shadow