The sagebrush habitat is filled with interesting plants and animals, least of which is this week’s subject, the big sagebrush. Looking out over a sea of sagebrush gives the impression of it being an empty, dry wasteland. But upon closer inspection, it becomes a richly interconnected collection of living things all coexisting in a harsh landscape. Sagebrush is the thread that holds it all together.
You may wish to view my picks for resources to learn about the sagebrush habitat in this entry: High Desert Resources.
Use these ideas to get you started with your sagebrush study:
- Choose your resource for learning about big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). You can use one of the resources listed on page 5 of the High Desert ebook. Or if you prefer, look for resources at your public library, perhaps a field guide for wildflowers or shrubs.
- In addition, look up these online resources for facts and a range map: USDA Forest Service or USDA printable.
Note that an alternate study this week could be done for rabbitbrush (found in the Forest Fun ebook).
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