Archive for the Habitats Category

Grassland and Davis Mountains

Posted in Habitats on March 28, 2011 by Richard Temple

Grassland comprised of Cane Bluestem, Blue Gramma, and Sideoats Gramma.

Longleaf Pine Savannah

Posted in Habitats on October 16, 2010 by Richard Temple

Longleaf Pine Savannah’s are characterized by a ground layer covered by grasses, with Longleaf pine trees (Pinus palustris)  interspersed.  This is a habitat where one can hear the excited calls of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker and many other common Pine savannah species.

Bottomland Hardwood Forest

Posted in Habitats on September 29, 2010 by Richard Temple

Bottomland Hardwood Forest in Louisiana are home to a vast number of wildlife species.  Bottomland hardwood forests represent a transition between drier more upland hardwood forest and river floodplains. These forest are also seasonally flooded but do not hold water year round as in a swamp.

Brackish Marsh

Posted in Habitats on September 29, 2010 by Richard Temple

Big Branch Marsh NWR, St. Tammany Parish, LA, September 19, 2010

This area is broken into distinct habitat zones (starting from the bottom up). The first zone we have the the brackish marsh dominated by American white water lily (Nymphae odorata). The second zone has a water level that is slightly below the marsh floor and predominate plants are grass spp., Eleocharis sp. and Cladium jamaicense. The farthest inland plant zone  is the upland zone and it consists of pine flatwoods and bottomland hardwoods.