Climate Change Lesson 10 : Ecosystem Relationships (view)

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Identify the climatic habitat of common Michigan trees, Describe the range of common trees at the present time and in the year 2100, Describe how climate change may impact tree ranfes, Describe how selected tree species might have been impacted by land use change
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The geographic range of a plant or animal species is an indication of its environmental “preferences,” the conditions that it finds ideal, acceptable, or intolerable. If the climate changes, therefore, it is reasonable to expect that plant and animal species might “move” to occupy different places. The big question is: “What species will move, and where will they go?” In this lesson, students approach this question through three activities.