Outline (Presentation Chaparral)
1. Introduction about chaparral (brief introduction)
a. atmosphere of the chaparral
b. maps of the chaparral area
c. distinguishing features of the community
2. Abiotic and biotic factors
a. elevation and latitude precipitation
3. Location (worldwide and california)
a. type of weather (throughout the year)
typical temperature throughout the 4 major seasons
how the current drought is affecting the chaparral 4. California chaparral
a. what makes california chaparral different than the rest in the world b. Different types of Chaparrals in California:
v. Scrub Oak
a. animals found in the chaparral area
Most chaparral animals are nocturnal escape the heat during the day and come out at night to feed
squirrels, jack rabbits, gophers, skunks, toads, lizards, snakes, and mice iii.
Yearround Residents (Birds):
2. WesternScrub Jay
3. California Towhee
b. typical plants found worldwide and california
c. describe the growth forms of the dominant plants in the community, and specific adaptations, if appropriate to the community.
Hot and dry during the summer and rainy during the winter (30100 F) ii.
chaparral plants have hard, thin, needlelike leaves to reduce water loss iii.
plants then grow in the ashes after the area has been burned 6. Conservation Biology
b. Environmental issues
Effects of Fire on the Soil Resource
c. Human interaction with chaparral
Humans are building more industries and factories in Chaparral Biome ii.
Misunderstandings about the shrublands due to flammability d. Are there problems with nonnative “weeds” or other exotics? e. Is this plant community protected?
California Chaparral Institute promoting science in wildland fire policy, and help public and government agencies understand the Chaparrals f. How? Does it need protection?
Chaparral Area in California by County (in acres)*
San Luis Obispo
*From Fried, J.S., C.L. Bosinger, and D. Beardsley. 2004. Chaparral in Southern and Central Coastal California in the Mid-1990's: Area, Ownership, Condition, and Change. USFS Resource Bulletin PNW-RB-240.
Map from Keeley, J.E. and F.W. Davis. 2007. Chaparral. In M.G. Barbour (ed), Terrestrial vegetation of California. University of California Press, Los Angeles. Addendum: there's a small patch of chaparral in the southwest corner of Imperial County missing from the map.
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The Chaparral, or Mediterranean climate type, is presently one of Northern America’s most critical and endangered plant communities. In the world, there exists only five Mediterranean shrublands with the California coastal sage being one of them. The chaparral of ...
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