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The World of Northern Evergreens$
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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801477409

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801477409.001.0001

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Some Mammals and Birds of the Forest

Some Mammals and Birds of the Forest

(p.108) Chapter 10 Some Mammals and Birds of the Forest
The World of Northern Evergreens

E. C. Pielou

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers the mammals and birds in coniferous forests, including shrews, mice squirrels, rodents, moose, elks, deers, foxes, bears, and crossbills. All warm-blooded animals need food and shelter, and some find what they need, in whole or in part, in coniferous forest. The most dependable food supplies are seeds and browse for the herbivores. For the carnivores, there are worms, sowbugs, insects, spiders, any vertebrate animals that they can catch and kill, and accessible birds' eggs. Shelter is needed for four purposes: for breeding, for sleeping and resting, for shelter from bad weather, and for concealment. Evergreen trees, both live and dead, provide for these needs. The animals considered in this chapter are not in a conifer forest by chance but because it supplies their needs.

Keywords:   coniferous forests, conifers, coniferous trees, mammals, forest animals, forest birds

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