The bristlecone pine is a truly unique and amazing tree for a variety of reasons. For this challenge you will more than likely be using links and images to glean the interesting facts about the bristlecone pine rather than observing it up close in person.
Our family was able to hike to the bristlecone pines in Great Basin National Park a few years ago (see my account in this entry: Great Basin National Park). It took some effort but it was one that left an impression on us, the sense of time and the history that the trees have lived through. It also taught us that even in the harshest of environments, life can survive. What a metaphor for us right now!
Use these these links to learn a little about the bristlecone pine:
- Look in your tree field guide for the bristlecone pine. If you need to use an online resource, check out these websites: National Park Service-Bristlecone Pine or Bristlecone Pine PDF.
- You will learn a lot about the bristlecone pine by watching this video: NPS Bristlecone Pine.
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- Greater sage-grouse
- Mountain Lion
- Pocket Gopher
- Bristlecone Pine
- Turkey Vulture
- Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel
- River Otter