Taiga Shield

Canadian Wildlife - - CANADA’S ARCTIC -

Av­er­age tem­per­a­tures: from 6 C to 11 C in sum­mer and -11 C to -24.5 C in win­ter Land­scape: rolling ter­rain with wide­spread per­mafrost; thou­sands of lakes and wet­lands; open forests are in­ter­wo­ven with shrub­lands and mead­ows typ­i­cal of the Arc­tic tun­dra; lat­i­tu­di­nal limit of tree growth Wildlife: About 50 species of mam­mal live here, in­clud­ing the bar­ren ground and wood­land cari­bou, moose, wolf, snow­shoe hare, Arc­tic fox, beaver, black and griz­zly bears, and lynx. The Arc­tic and red-throated loons and grey-cheeked thrush live in this zone. Thou­sands of birds rest and feed here on their way to Arc­tic breed­ing grounds Pop­u­la­tion: about 34,000

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