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Desert Habitats

Pinyon-Juniper Woodland

At higher elevations, particularly on north-facing slopes pinyon and juniper trees cling to shallow, rocky soil.

Pinyon nuts have long provided food for humans and wild animals. Ranchers built fences from juniper; you can still see remnants near abandoned homesteads.

This habitat includes sagebrush, goldenbush, wildflowers such as Indian paintbrush, and Mojave prickly pear cactus. Also look for scrub jays--blue but not crested--and antelope ground squirrels.

Also in the high elevations, bighorn sheep can be found. These are a wild sheep that feed on grasses and other plants. They are best spotted near water sources. Hooves adapted to steep, rocky terrain allow them to escape predators such as mountain lions.

GLOSSARY > HABITAT

Indian use of Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands

Archaeological data and ethnographic accounts testify of the importance of resources available in the pinyon-juniper woodland to native peoples since the early ...

Pinyon-juniper - Ecosystem

(PJN) Pinyon Species, Juniper Species, Mountain Mahogany Species Vegetation Structure-- Pinyon-juniper (PJN) habitat typically is an open woodland of low, ...

Juniper - California Juniper

California juniper is distributed from Shasta County, California, south as far as Baja ... California juniper most commonly occurs in pinyon-juniper woodlands that ...

Pinyon-Juniper Woodland: Mojave Desert Plants

An open woodland composed of pinyon pines and junipers occurs above 4,500 feet elevation where they can receive over 10 inches of precipitation annually, ...

Pinyon and Juniper trees - Joshua Tree National Park

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