Tundra By: Jacob Coe, Emma DiPaolantonio, Lucie Terkowski

Recreational Activities to do in the Alaskan Tundra

You can hike, backpack, horseback ride, and hunt on the wondrous and vast land in the Tundra biome. You can kayak, canoe, and river float on the waters of the Tundra. But, caution the waters are cold (35.1 F). You can observe the varied amount of wildlife in the Tundra. At night you can observe the beautiful Northern Lights (seen below).

Plants in the Alaskan Tundra

Some plants include articmoss, tufted saxifrage, diamond leaf willow, shrubs, lichens, and Caribou moss. The Pasque Flower is a beautiful purple flower with fuzzy leaves surrounding it (seen below). Bear berries and Labrador tea are also found here.

Pasque Flower

Animals found in the Alaskan Tundra

A various amount of bugs can be found in the Alaskan Tundra. Some examples are Mosquitoes and black flies. Animals like caribou, arctic hares, voles, grey eagles, mice, lemming, reindeer, oxen can also be found in the the Tundra. In the waters of the Tundra there are walruses and the sleepy ringed seal.

Sleepy Ringed Seal

Weather in the Alaskan Tundra

In the Alaskan Tundra you may want to prepare yourself because this biome is one of the coldest biomes. The Alaskan Tundra has less than 10 inches of rain per year. Summer lasts around 6-10 weeks. Summer can barely get over 50 degrees. In contrast, winter can be as cold as -50 degrees. So, the best time to go the Alaskan Tundra is fall to bugs like mosquitoes staying around during the hotter weather.

Chart of Weather in a Tundra

Credits:

Created with images by Unsplash - "aurora borealis northern" • chaz jackson - "Pasque Flower"

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