I love the juniper tree habitat found here in Central Oregon. It’s the quintessential landscape of the western United States with its rough and rugged tree bark and gnarly limbs. The juniper tree plays an important role in the habitat as shelter and food for the local animals and birds. Take some time to learn about this tree with blue berries as part of your nature study lessons this week.
I’ve included a few ideas below to help you get started. Then turn to the challenge in the High Desert ebook available in the Ultimate or Journey level memberships for more ideas to use with your family.
Common Species Found in the Western United States
¨ Western Juniper or Juniperus occidentalis
¨ Rocky Mountain Juniper or Juniperus scopulorum
¨ Utah Juniper or Juniperus osteosperma
Use these ideas to get you started with your juniper tree study:
- Look in your tree field guide for juniper trees or use the links above for detailed information, including range maps.
- You may wish to view this helpful video: Rocky Mountain Juniper.
See the High Desert ebook for more juniper nature study ideas!
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