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D is for Deciduous

ABC's We All Need Trees is a regular series that explores the amazing roles trees play in life on planet Earth. Check out my previous posts in this series and come back for more. Get outdoors and explore nature
D is for Deciduous - Exploring the trees that loose their leaves!

With the fall season upon us, I thought is was appropriate to look at the broad class of trees referred to as DECIDUOUS.


Why? Because they are the highlight of every Autumn.

The word deciduous literally means "falling off at maturity" or "tending to fall off"(source). With trees, this usually coincides with the cooler weather in the fall. Although in the tropics it coincides with the dry season and is a means of conserving water.

Generally deciduous trees have broad leaves. Although Cypress trees are one example of conifers (trees that typically keep their leaves year round) that loose their leaves every fall. Notice their leaves are skinny and needle-like.
D is for Deciduous - Exploring the trees that loose their leaves!
The best part of deciduous trees for me are their leaves in the fall. The weather is cooler and the forests are full of beautiful colors. Check out my post on Exploring Trees in the Fall for more on why leaves change colors. Then come back in a couple weeks for a round up of my favorite fall leaves art projects.
D is for Deciduous - Exploring the trees that loose their leaves!
Our favorite fall activity is hiking. Cooler weather & beautiful colors 
Don't forget about all the amazing wildlife that live in deciduous forests and depend on these trees. The most amazing wildlife I have ever seen in person was a moose as a teenager. Generally, we see more common things like birds, dear, beavers, etc.
D is for Deciduous - Exploring the trees that loose their leaves!
Can you spot the beaver?
Here is a collection of activities for exploring deciduous trees:
If you have small children, they may enjoy this video on deciduous trees from Sesame Street.

Here are more activities from fellow bloggers that explore different aspects of deciduous trees:
What is your favorite aspect of Autumn? 

Follow along for more inspiration and ideas on getting outdoors as a family. 


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