Deciduous forests are found in Europe stretching from the BritishIsles and France through central and eastern Europe as far asthe Ural Mountains. In East Asia these forests cover the Russianfar East, Manchuria, Korea and Japan and in North America fromthe Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and south to the Gulf ofMexico.
An average temperature 0⁰C in winter and 25ºC in summer.The temperate deciduous forest gets the second-most amountof rainfall per year. In winter, this is seen as snow.
The soil in the deciduous forests is fertile, enriched with decaying litter (mostly composed of the fallen leaves).
A tree stratum 15-30 metres high, dominated regionally byvarious combinations ofoak, maple, beech, chestnut, hickory, elm, basswood orlinden, walnut, and sweet gum. Red maple / Acer Rubrum
FAUNARaccoons are easily identified by their masked faces and ringedtails. They have five toes on both the front and hind feet !They are omnivorous. Raccoon
Salamander: larval stage salamanders breathe using gills, while adult salamanders use lungs or breathe through the skin. Most salamanders are carnivores.
Whitetail Deer: these deer are extremely cautious andwary animals with highly developed senses of sight, smell, and hearing
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - adults eat the nectar of flowers from a variety of plants including wild cherry and lilac. Northern Cardinal - during courtship feedings, female cardinals assume a posture similar to that of begging fledglings and quiver their wing.
Air pollutants from fuels we burn are destroying forests, killing our wildlife and poisoning the soil. .
Naturally occurring forest fires are part of the overall plan forkeeping a forest healthy Some plant species depend on fire as a seed release mechanism. Without fire the renewal of the forest does not take place. But people have increased the number of fires and put in danger the forest.