The Bay watershed is the northernmost range of bald cypress swamps. To learn more about this amazing habitat, as well as the answers to all of these questions, read Bay Naturalist on the back page.
1. Where are bald cypresses most commonly found in the United States?
2. Why is the tree called the "bald" cypress?
A. The top branches of the tree are bare.
B. Its needles turn brown in autumn and fall off by winter.
C. Native Americans made a concoction out of its roots to cure baldness.
D. "Bald" is a old Native American word meaning "swamp," where these cypresses are found.
3. What do we call the bald cypress roots that grow above the mud to the height of the area's high water levels?
4. What is the purpose of the roots described in question #3?
A. They help to support the tree in the soft, wet soil.
B. They help the cypress spread by sprouting new trees.
C. This is where the cypress' flowers and seeds are produced.
D. Their purpose is still a mystery to botanists.
5. Why is cypress lumber highly valued?
A. It doesn't readily rot when exposed to soil or water.
B. It is resistant to insects.
C. Lumbered stands of trees quickly grow back.
D. A & B.
6. Bald cypress swamps are home to a variety of birds. Which of these species is NOT typically found in a bald cypress swamp?
1. C 2. B 3. C 4. A 5. D 6. B